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Vancouver Police Beef Up Security After City Employee Killed

07/15/2015 08:58 EDT | Updated 07/15/2016 05:59 EDT
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The possibly "targeted" killing of a Vancouver city employee in Burnaby, B.C., has led to a major police investigation and beefed up security at a number of city sites, including at Vancouver City Hall.

Several sources told CBC News the shooting victim was a supervisor at the city.

He was rushed to hospital after he was shot on a residential cul-de-sac around noon Wednesday and later died of his injuries. One neighbour told CBC News that she heard some yelling and what sounded like five gunshots just after 12 p.m. PT.

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

"This is a tragedy," said RCMP Cpl. Daniela Panesar.

"The Burnaby RCMP is very concerned about what has transpired here. There is no place in this community for this kind of incident," she said. adding that police's "investigative theory suggests it may be targeted."

'Serious incident' under investigation

Later that afternoon, police were investigating a "serious incident" in Vancouver after a threat was made to a city employee.

Vancouver police said they and the city have taken the unusual steps of securing several city sites, although they were not placed under lockdown.

Staff from the city's engineering department went through all floors in the Crossroads building on Broadway Street around 4 p.m. PT and told employees to evacuate the building. They were asked not to return tonight if they were scheduled for work, but were not given any reason for the order.

Additional security and police officers have been stationed at numerous locations, including city hall and the Manitoba Works Yard. City staff have been asked to carry on with business as usual unless otherwise directed by their supervisors.

"The police do not believe that there is a risk to the general public at this time," said Sgt. Randy Fincham.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson issued a statement saying additional details were not available, but RCMP were investigating the serious incident.

"This kind of incident is very challenging for the thousands of hardworking staff who come to work every day to make Vancouver a better place, and their safety and well-being is my utmost concern," he said.

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