Vancouver man, 18, faces attempted murder charge in South Van shooting incident

STEPHANIE IP
VANCOUVER DESI 

Vancouver Police investigate shots fired at 52nd Ave and St. George in Vancouver, B.C., on July 30, 2013. An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting. (Steve Bosch , PNG)

An 18-year-old Vancouver man was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and other firearms-related offences after a woman was injured Tuesday night in a South Vancouver shooting.

Hartej Singh Kang is charged with attempted murder, possessing a prohibited firearm with ammunition, knowingly possessing firearm without a licence, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and two counts of discharging a firearm with intent to wound.

Police were summoned at about 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunset Park, near 52nd Avenue and St. George Street, after multiple callers reported hearing several gunshots ring out there.

Soon after the reports, a 19-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man arrived at Vancouver General Hospital without the assistance of an ambulance.

“The woman had minor injuries believed to have been sustained as a result of the shooting,” police said in a release.

Police who arrived at VGH found the pair had driven to the hospital in a sport-utility vehicle that had been damaged by gunfire.

It’s unknown whether the pair were inside the vehicle when the shots were fired, or if the damage occurred as they fled in the SUV. The vehicle was towed for forensic examination.

Just before midnight Tuesday, investigators took Kang into custody without incident at a home near the scene of the shooting.

“Early indications are that the shooting was targeted and related to a dispute between the two men, who are known to each other,” police said. “The woman who was treated and released from VGH is not believed to have been the intended target.”

Kang will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Aug. 7.

Police have not released any information about the man believed to be the target of the shooting or his female companion.

But The Province has learned that the woman is a friend of the sister of Manraj Akalirai, 19, who died in January after he was swarmed by a group of men believed to have been carrying bats, clubs and a sword.

Akalirai’s death became the city’s first homicide of 2013. Since then, two Vancouver men have been charged in connection with the incident.

Amritpal Dhillon, 20, was charged with second-degree murder, and Amritpaul Rakhra, 18, was charged with manslaughter. While six men were originally arrested and questioned, only Dhillon and Rakhra have been charged.

That attack took place near Elgin Street and East 47th Avenue, a short walk from the scene of Tuesday’s shooting.

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