IHIT investigators had a tent set up in the parking lot of the temple, which is located at 18691 Westminster Highway. Nearby, a Range Rover sports utility vehicle could be seen with what appeared to be multiple bullet holes in the windshield.
Police had the parking lot blocked off behind yellow tape, and several evidence markers could be seen on the ground.
Volunteers at the temple, who declined to give their names, said they believe a shooting happened just after 9 p.m. PT. They said a man — who they don't believe to be associated with the temple — was killed, and nobody appears to have been arrested.
The temple is open around the clock to serve food and allow people to pray.
Richmond RCMP was allowing people in and out of a section of the parking lot on Friday night. Police were working with temple volunteers to check identification cards and record names of those entering and exiting the temple.
Neither Richmond RCMP nor IHIT has provided CBC News with a comment on the incident.