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Innocent teen bystander dies after Broadway shooting: Vancouver police

A Coquitlam teenager, 15, was on life support but died Monday evening

Vancouver police say a 15-year old teenager is not expected to survive his injuries after he was hit by gunfire in Mount Pleasant on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

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Vancouver police say a 15-year old teenager is not expected to survive his injuries after he was hit by gunfire in Mount Pleasant on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

A 15-year-old Coquitlam boy has died after he was shot Saturday night during an exchange of gunfire in Mount Pleasant, according to Vancouver police.

Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer described the teenager as an innocent bystander who was driving by the scene with his family at the time of the shooting.

"My heart goes out to the family of the 15-year-old boy. They were having a normal Saturday night out with their family and now they are grieving for their son," he said at a press conference.

"The events of Saturday night were reckless, reprehensible, and there's no justification for this type of senseless violence in our city."

Kevin Whiteside, a 23-year-old Vancouver man who police describe as the target of the shooting, died Monday night in hospital. Police say he was also armed and allegedly participated in the exchange of gunfire Saturday night.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired Saturday around 9:15 p.m. near East Broadway and Ontario Street. They found three injured people. One person, a 30-year old Vancouver man, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The teenage boy who died was on life support as of Monday afternoon but the BC Coroners Service and police confirmed Monday evening he had since died.

Palmer said he was heartbroken by the incident and that officers would conduct a "meticulous" investigation to build the strongest case possible against the suspect or suspects. Police have said at least two people – including Whiteside – exchanged gunfire at the scene but that there could be more suspects involved.

At least 50 officers have been assigned to this case, according to a police press release.

Palmer had a message for gangs in the city.

"When they engage in this type of activity in our city, we’re going to come after them, aggressively," he said.

Investigators believe there are still people who may have witnesses this shooting and have yet to call the police. Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to call investigators at 604-717-2500.  

This is Vancouver's first and second homicide of 2018.

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