Shooting death inside Main Street hotel was targeted, say Vancouver police

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer's uniform as she makes a phone call after responding to an unknown incident in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Police in Vancouver are investigating the shooting death of a man near the city’s Downtown Eastside on Tuesday morning.

The man, who was in his 40s, was shot inside the London Hotel, near East Georgia Street and Main Street around 5 a.m., said Sgt. Steve Addison in a statement.

Two suspects are alleged to have fled the scene and have not been located.

Addison, who described the hotel as being located in the Strathcona area, said investigators believe the homicide was targeted. The victim’s name has not been released as officials are still working to contact his next of kin.

This is Vancouver’s 11th homicide of 2021, say police.

The victim’s name is not being released at this time pending next of kin notification.

Anyone with information about the shooting death is asked to call VPD’s Major Crime Section at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.