Vancouver gang shootings may have U.S. drug links

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BestGrowthStock) – A weekend gun battle that left 10 people wounded in Vancouver is part of a war between rival drug gangs, police said on Monday.

“This is an ongoing part of this gang war that has been going on for some time now,” Vancouver deputy police chief Warren Lemcke told reporters.

The Province newspaper reported that gunmen who opened fire on local gang members and their girlfriends at a birthday party early Sunday were hired thugs from Reno, Nevada, but police refused to confirm the information.

Eight people remained hospitalized after the shootings, which erupted in a restaurant and spilled over into the surrounding residential neighborhood.

There were no deaths, but two of the wounded were reported to be in critical condition.

Police said the shootings are linked to several recent outbreaks of violence, including the October killing of a gang member in a suburban shopping plaza parking lot.

The Province, quoting police sources, said on its website that four men from the United States were being held on immigration charges as part of the investigation.

Vancouver has become a marijuana production hub, with much of pot grown smuggled into the United States.

(Reporting Allan Dowd, Editing by Steve Gorman and Peter Bohan)

Vancouver gang shootings may have U.S. drug links