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Burnaby shooting: Risk to City of Vancouver staff reduced, say police

07/16/2015 10:44 EDT | Updated 07/16/2016 05:59 EDT
Vancouver police are scaling back their presence outside several city work sites following the fatal shooting of a City of Vancouver staffer outside a Burnaby home on Wednesday.

"As the risk to a City of Vancouver employee has been substantially reduced, the VPD are scaling back resources at work sites," said police spokesperson Randy Fincham. 

Security at Vancouver City Hall, the Manitoba and National works yards, and the Crossroads building on West Broadway was ramped up following the shooting on Wednesday afternoon.

The city has confirmed the shooting victim was a staff member, but he has not yet been officially identified by police or city officials.

"The City Management Team, elected officials and staff across all departments are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic murder of a longtime city employee," the city said in a written statement issued on Thursday morning.

The flag at city hall is flying at half-mast in honour of the employee, the statement added.

Shot outside Burnaby home

The man was rushed to hospital after he was shot on a residential cul-de-sac in nearby Burnaby around noon Wednesday. He later died. 

One neighbour told CBC News that she heard some yelling and what sounded like five gunshots just after noon PT.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the investigation and is working with Burnaby RCMP. 

RCMP Cpl. Daniela Panesar said that police's "investigative theory suggests it may be targeted."

Police have not identified any suspects or said that they have made any arrests in relation to the shooting.

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