Downtown New Westminster shooting: Suspect arrested and charged

AT approximately noon on April 18, New Westminster Police officers responded to a shooting in Downtown New Westminster. Multiple shots were fired into a group of people, and the suspect fled the scene.

One man was wounded, and two people were arrested near a local hospital. Numerous specialty units assisted in collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and canvassing for CCTV footage.

On April 25, the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team made an arrest in the downtown neighbourhood and charges were approved on May 30 in connection to this shooting.

James Christopher Cheeseman, 55, of New Westminster has been charged with the possession a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, pointing a firearm, and possession of a firearm knowing that the serial number on it had been altered defaced or removed.

“The Major Crime Unit worked diligently to collect evidence and work with Crown Counsel to obtain charge approval,” said Staff-Sgt. Jeff Scott, “Our Victim Assistance Unit is working with people who were in the area to ensure they have ongoing support and services as this matter progresses through the court process.”

While investigators believe this shooting was targeted, it does not appear to be connected to the BC Gang Conflict.