Two males arrested after Richmond assault; victim and suspects known to police

SHORTLY before 8 p.m. on Thursday (January 18), Richmond RCMP responded to a business in the 10,000-block of No. 3 Road after receiving a call of shots fired and a male brandishing a firearm, possibly with hostages.
Multiple Richmond RCMP officers surrounded the business and established a security perimeter around the area.
A 32-year old male, who was a patron of the business, was assaulted by a suspect dressed in dark clothing and wearing a balaclava. The victim was allegedly struck in the head with part of a firearm, believed to be a shotgun. The suspect then fled in a light-coloured vehicle occupied by multiple suspects. The victim appeared to be specifically targeted.
An immediate broadcast was sent to all neighbouring law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for a light-coloured vehicle with multiple suspects and to exercise caution as they may be armed and dangerous.
The suspect vehicle was located around 9 p.m. in Vancouver near Ross Street and Marine Drive by officers of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). VPD officers, including those from their Emergency Response Team, provided assistance to the Richmond RCMP.
A 19-year-old male and a 22-year old male are currently in custody in Richmond. The crime vehicle has been seized awaiting further analysis and investigation.
The victim was transported to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. He has not been cooperative with investigators. The victim and suspects are known to police.
The Richmond RCMP is continuing their investigation and other arrests may be forthcoming.
“Our investigators were able to confirm that no shots were fired, nor were any hostages involved,” said Cpl. Dennis Hwang. “These types of incidents are always treated very seriously and illustrate the dynamic and fluid circumstances that police must contend with on a daily basis. Further, it highlights the importance of accurate information.”

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