THE Vancouver Police Department on Saturday identified the victim of the city’s 14th homicide as 33-year-old Vancouver resident Willis Charles Hunt.
Just after 1:30 a.m. on Friday (August 10), police received a 9-1-1 call about a man shot near Bridgeway Street, just under the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. First responders arrived minutes later, but the man could not be saved and he died at the scene. A 32-year-old woman, who had been in the same vehicle as the victim, was treated for minor physical injuries.
Based on the available information, this homicide was likely the result of a road rage incident between the victim, driving in a grey Toyota Matrix, and the suspect, who was in a white sedan.
“It is still very early in this investigation and our detectives are working to confirm the circumstances that led to this man’s death,” said Constable Jason Doucette. “We are reminding anyone who may find themselves involved in a road rage incident to remain calm, not to engage the occupants of the other vehicle, and to call 9-1-1 if you feel your safety could be at risk.”
No arrests have been made and the investigation is very active.
Homicide detectives are again asking anyone with dash cam video who may have been driving in the area of McGill and Renfrew Streets between 1:30 and 2 a.m. on Friday, or anyone who may have information about this incident, to contact investigators at 604-717-2500 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.