Multiple shots were fired at Lansdowne Centre early Friday morning at the Liquor Depot, where Richmond RCMP have cordoned off a large area while they continue to canvas for witnesses and clues.
Investigators found a man suffering from gunshot injuries, and he was rushed to hospital in serious condition.
Rick, who was in his motor home at the time of the shooting, told The Richmond Sentinel he heard three or four shots in quick succession some time between 7 and 7:30 a.m.
At first he thought it was mall security tapping at the door, asking him to move his vehicle.
But then he heard screaming and swearing, and peered out his bathroom window for a look toward Liquor Depot, where he could see at least two people and what appeared to be a motorized golf cart-style maintenance vehicle driving around in circles.
It was still dark outside, and the commotion was some distance away, but Rick (who asked that his last name not be used) said he thought it was mall security at the scene, but then noticed the golf cart, which had a pick-up-truck style bed at the back of it.
“We are currently in the evidence gathering stage and do not have a timeline with respect to when the areas around the mall will be re-opened”, states Sgt. Kyle Simpson of the Richmond RCMP. “‘We appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience during the holiday season and ask for your continued patience as we investigate this significant incident.’”
Mounties are asking that any witnesses who were in the area at the time and who have not yet spoken to police, call them at 604-278-1212 and refer to file: 2018-41056.
Lansdowne Centre's Bronwyn Bailey wouldn't comment on whether the golf cart vehicle was being driven by a mall maintenance worker, and referred questions to the RCMP.