1 person dead in Port Coquitlam shooting

'It didn't seem real,' says nearby resident who called police after he heard the victim moaning on the ground.

'It didn't seem real,' says nearby resident who heard the victim moaning on the ground

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is investigating a shooting on Rindall Avenue that left one person dead Friday night. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

One person is dead after a shooting in Port Coquitlam Friday night.

The attack happened a little after 9 p.m. PT in the 2100-block of Rindall Avenue. 

Coquitlam RCMP Staff Sgt. Rob Lemon said the victim — whose age, gender and name have not been released — was rushed to hospital, but could not be saved.

Nearby resident Stephen Tighe says he went outside to investigate on Friday night shortly after he heard what he thought were firecrackers going off. 

Port Coquitlam resident Stephen Tighe says he called police after he heard what he thought were firecrackers and found a man on the ground moaning. (CBC)

"There was a car next door with its engine running, lights on, and nobody in there. And then I saw something on the ground and I realized it was a guy, moaning," he said.

"It didn't seem real. It seemed like a police drama."

He said he'd also seen a car racing past and thought it might somehow be related.

"I didn't want to get too near, because I thought he would shoot me!" he said.

Tighe said he went inside immediately and called police, who arrived quickly and tried to revive the victim. He said investigators didn't leave the scene until 10 a.m. the next day. 

Despite the incident, Tighe said he still feels safe in the neighbourhood — where he's lived for almost 30 years.

IHIT investigating

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) will now handle the case, according to Staff Sgt. Lemon. He said nobody has been arrested. 

About a month earlier, a shooting victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds after an attack nearby, on Wilson Avenue at Bury Avenue in Port Coquitlam.

Anyone with information about Friday's shooting is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or email hittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

A Coquitlam RCMP officer sitting in his cruiser attends the scene of a fatal shooting in Port Coquitlam Friday night. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

with files from Kamil Karamali

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