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UPDATE: Bridgeport Road shooting wasn't random—police
If you happened to have been driving down Bridgeport Road between 6:20 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, between Shell and Simpson roads, Richmond RCMP want to talk with you.
It was at this time that a man who had seconds earlier been shot, ran out into traffic and across the street, seeking help from people he knew from across the way on the north side of Bridgeport Road.
Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said Thursday afternoon that the victim was awaiting surgery and remained in hospital.
"While the investigation is in the early stages it is believed this was not a random act," Ashton said.
The wounded victim crossed the street from near the front door of Ace Tile and Stone, at 11180 Bridgeport Rd., and now police are searching for witnesses who happened to be in the area, either in their vehicle, walking or working nearby. Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212.
According to an Ace Tile and Stone employee, the store had already closed for the evening when the incident took place.
A nearby tenant said he didn't hear anything around the time of the shooting at 6:30 p.m. when Richmond Mounties were called.
But the man said he spoke to other tenants Thursday morning about the shooting as television news cameras filmed the scene.
"Nobody heard anything last night...no angry customers," the tenant told The Richmond Review.
Another nearby shopkeeper said he was in his garage's paint room when he heard from a co-worker that the area had been cordoned off by police and employees weren't permitted to leave.