Coquitlam police investigate potentially linked shootings

After a shooting in Coquitlam Friday night, police say they believe the incident could be linked to a Thursday shooting that took place only a few kilometres away.

Police say they responded to reports of shots fired near the intersection of David Avenue and Mitchell Street in Coquitlam at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday.

The victim found at the scene did not sustain any physical injuries, police added.

Now, Sgt. Ed Yoshiyama with the Coquitlam RCMP says police are investigating the shooting’s possible link to another shooting that occurred a few kilometres away, near the intersection of Johnson Street and Glen Drive on Thursday.

“We want to assure the public that maintaining community safety is our top priority,” Yoshiyama said. “As this investigation is in the evidence-gathering stage, our officers are exploring all avenues.”

Police described Thursday’s shooting near the Coquitlam Centre as “brazen” to CityNews.

Corp. Alexa Hodgins said the location of Thursday’s incident was particularly concerning.

“If this was a normal Thursday, not during winter break, school would have been just coming out of session,” she said.

“There are several schools nearby, the area’s heavily populated with residents as well as commercial and the mall nearby. So we’re very fortunate that this happened at a time when school was not in session.”

No injuries were reported in either incident.

Anyone with information related to Friday’s incident is asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2024-461.

-With files from Emma Crawford

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