Richmond Review

Capstan shooting had collateral damage

A teen was shot in the leg during a shooting in the parking lot  at Garden City Road and Capstan Way last week. An innocent bystander narrowly avoided injury. - Martin van den Hemel photo
A teen was shot in the leg during a shooting in the parking lot at Garden City Road and Capstan Way last week. An innocent bystander narrowly avoided injury.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

While the 18-year-old man who was shot in the leg last week in front of a local Japanese restaurant has been released from hospital, a passerby is thanking his lucky stars.

Around 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, Richmond Mounties responded to reports of shots fired at Garden City Road and Capstan Way, near Manzo Japanese Restaurant.

The teen, who is known to police, was struck in the leg, while a vehicle containing at least one suspect fled the scene.

The Richmond Review has learned that one passerby thought he heard the sound of firecrackers exploding and teenagers laughing as he went through the intersection.

It wasn’t until some time later that he heard about the shooting and he took a closer look at his vehicle, and then noticed damage to his driver’s side door.

He eventually brought his vehicle in to the Richmond RCMP detachment, where police investigators fished a thumb-sized bullet from the lower half of his door.

A few inches higher, and there easily could have been two victims from that shooting.

Meanwhile, investigators are continuing to look into the incident.

The shooting apparently took place in the parking lot outside Manzo, which was just minutes later scheduled to open for dinner.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, or if they wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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