Vancouver police investigate shooting at Downtown Eastside homeless camp
Police shut down several streets in the area while responding to the shooting, and numerous officers and vehicles could be seen at the park. (CTV)
VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Police is investigating a shooting that sent one man to hospital at a homeless camp on the city's Downtown Eastside.
Spokeswoman Tania Visintin says police were called to Oppenheimer Park around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
She says the man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Visintin says the investigation is ongoing and no further information is available.
In October, a 53-year-old woman who was visiting a man staying at the Oppenheimer Park encampment was seriously hurt in a shooting that police say happened not far from the homeless camp.
The Vancouver Police Department is warning of a significant increase in weapons, violence and calls for service at the campsite as gangs compete for territory in the park.
Police say they recently thwarted a murder plot by arresting three street gang members who were allegedly planning to kill a rival drug trafficker who operates in the area.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 12, 2019.