A man was shot dead at the departure terminal outside Vancouver International Airport on Sunday afternoon, investigators said as they searched for suspects who allegedly shot at police while fleeing the scene. Officers weren't hurt during the exchange, police said.
Police are looking for one or more suspects.
Traffic cones are blocking off a section of the worldwide and Canada departure areas at the airport, and police have screened off a section near the terminal entrance, but neither airport officials nor RCMP will give more details about the incident. Most of the shops in the area were shut down.
So far no one has been reported to have been transported to area hospitals but one male victim was repotedly killed. The short clip, recorded at a distance, showed an individual on the ground, bullet casings nearby and an RCMP officer just outside the airport.
The airport said the situation outside its main terminal has been "contained" and the airport is open and safe.
It said the safety and security of its employees, community and passengers remains its priority and it is fully co-operating with RCMP to support the investigation.
Routes including the Massey Tunnel, Arthur Laing, Oak, Alex Fraser, Queensborough and Knight St. bridges were closed off, but have since been re-opened.
In a message posted to Twitter, Metro Vancouver Transit Police said people should avoid Sea Island and YVR today if at all possible.
Shortly after the shooting, a burned-out vehicle has been found in Surrey, which is believed to be the suspects' vehicle used in the murder, according to a report by the Vancouver Sun.
She also said that, given a recent spate of gang shootings in the Lower Mainland over the last few weeks, officers have been approaching all recent shootings as potentially related to recent gang activity.
There has been a string of shootings in the Vancouver area over the last several days, including two separate daytime shooting deaths in busy shopping malls.