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Two men charged in shooting of gang associate at Richmond, B.C., park

RICHMOND, B.C. — Charges have been laid against two British Columbia men in what police are calling a gang-related shooting at a park.

Twenty-year-old Thomas Duong of Richmond and 31-year-old Burnaby resident Sahand Askari are charged with two counts each, including attempted murder.

Duong is in custody on an unrelated matter, but Askari's whereabouts are unknown, though he is believed to be outside of Canada.

Police say they received reports of shots fired on the evening of last Aug. 21 and arrived at a Richmond park to find a man who'd been wounded multiple times.

The victim was a well-known gang associate who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Chief officer Kevin Hackett of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says public safety was disregarded when a firearm was used in a residential area.

The Canadian Press

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