CHARGES were approved on Wednesday against two men after they were apprehended on Tuesday evening by Vancouver Police following a shooting on the West Side in which a 42-year-old man was targeted.
Liban Hassan, 35, and Ahmed Ismail, 24, have been charged with attempted murder. Both men will remain in custody until their next court appearance next week.
Toronto media reports that Ismail was wanted in the shooting death of 16-year-old Ezekiel Agyemang of Brampton whose body was found in rural Milton, Ontario, on June 30.
“This was a reckless act in a heavily populated area, very early in the evening,” said Constable Tania Visintin. “It’s frightening for the neighbourhood and the consequences could have been far worse. This type of crime is not welcome in Vancouver.”
The shooting happened near West 29th Avenue and Dunbar Street at about 5:45 p.m. Police responded after several 9-1-1 calls reported shots being fired. A man carrying a baby in a car seat was targeted. He was accompanied by a woman and a three-year-old child. The suspects fled in a car after the shooting, but they collided with a parked vehicle and then took off on foot.
“This was an extremely dynamic and challenging call,” said Visintin. “The VPD response was swift and effective. Officers apprehended the suspects a short distance away, while specially trained Emergency Response Team medics applied first aid until paramedics arrived.”
The investigation is ongoing and police were on the site of the shooting on Wednesday to investigate further. The victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects are in custody.
Vancouver Police are continuing with the investigation. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the shootings or dashcam footage from Tuesday between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the area of 29th Avenue and Dunbar and West 29th Avenue from Dunbar to Alma, to call investigators at 604-717-2541.