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UPDATE: White car seen leaving scene of Maple Ridge murder

Retired firefighter and health care worker tried to save shooting victim

An eyewitness reported seeing a white car leaving the scene of the murder in Maple Ridge on Thursday.

A man was shot and killed in Maple Ridge on Thursday afternoon. Just after 2 p.m., emergency responders were called to a report of a man with gunshot wounds near the 21000 block of 124th Avenue.

A couple who are both firefighters live on Carlton Street. One of the women was outside, and heard the shooting – a series of shots, a pause, and then more shots.

She then saw a car speed off, which she describes as white, a newer model, with a rear spoiler.

Seeing a man laying in a driveway, she went inside her house for rubber gloves, and then the retired firefighter returned to the victim. She was joined by another neighbour who works in health care as a cardiology technologist, and they gave the victim CPR. Another neighbour who is a member of the Vancouver Police Department also arrived on scene.

The victim had multiple chest wounds. He had no vital signs, and had lost a lot of blood, said the witness. He died at the scene.

Police arrived in minutes, followed by ambulance.

Another witness on scene told The News he and his wife were walking northbound on Carlton when they saw a car parked on the side of the road, with two men inside. The elderly witness said hello to the driver.

They got to 124th Avenue, turned eastbound, and had walked about half a block when they heard a series of gunshots.

“We heard this bang, bang, bang, so we just ran,” he said. “It sounded like gunshots to me. I used to be a hunter, so I know what a gunshot is. We ducked behind a fence.”

He said there were three shots, a pause, and then four more shots.

Returning to Carlton Street, he saw the victim laying on the ground.

According to the Ridge Meadows RCMP, their Serious Crime Unit (SCU) and Investigational Support Team (IST) are assisting with the investigation, and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken conduct of it.

It is still in the early stages of the investigation and at this time, it is unknown if this is related to the Lower Mainland gang conflict, say police

Investigators would like to speak to any witnesses who have not already spoken to police or who have dash camera video, or residential video surveillance. Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation is asked to contact the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448.

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