British Columbia

Burnaby shooting may be linked to 2016 double homicide, kidnapping, say RCMP

A home in the 5200 block of Smith Avenue was hit with bullets early Wednesday.

House on 5200 block of Smith Avenue was hit by bullets Wednesday morning

Officers said the Wednesday-morning shooting was 'an isolated incident' and there is no sign the public is at risk. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

Burnaby RCMP have confirmed they are investigating whether a shooting in a quiet Burnaby neighbourhood is linked to a 2016 double homicide and kidnapping case.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 5200 block of Smith Avenue just before 4 a.m. PT Wednesday.

No one was injured but a home was hit by bullets, police said.

Officers called the shooting "an isolated incident" and said there is no sign the public is at risk.

"We take this extremely seriously," Burnaby RCMP Const. Charles Chan said Wednesday. "All of our resources and units have been engaged in this investigation."

New Westminster police conducted a painstaking search for evidence in the neighbourhood where suspects in an East Vancouver double murder were captured in 2016. (Belle Puri/CBC)

Kidnapping led to 6 arrests

On Thursday, Burnaby RCMP confirmed they are looking into whether this shooting is related to a two-year-old Vancouver kidnapping investigation that led to the arrest of six men.

At the time, police linked the arrests to a double homicide in which a man and a woman were found dead and an uninjured four-year-old child was found hiding in an East Vancouver home.

With files from Yvette Brend and Jon Hernandez