British Columbia

Man dead after shooting in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

VPD call the death the city's first homicide of 2017 and name victim as 62-year-old Vancouver resident Joseph Billy Bustinski.

The victim, 62-year-old Vancouver resident Joseph Billy Bustinski, died in hospital from injuries

Emergency Response Team officers in the Downtown Eastside following a shooting. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Vancouver police say a man who died of a gunshot wound, sustained at the Savoy Hotel on East Hastings Street, is the city's first homicide of 2017.

Investigators with VPD's Major Crime Section continue to investigate while the victim has been identified as 62-year-old Vancouver resident Joseph Billy Bustinski.

Vancouver Police were called to the Savoy Pub and Hotel around 10:30 p.m. Friday, on a report that shots had been fired.

"Officers arrived to find someone had deployed bear spray in the hotel, making it difficult for everyone inside to breathe," said VPD in a release.

Officers armed with rifles and tactical gear clear a room on the third floor of the Savoy Hotel. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

The victim was discovered inside the hotel, but despite being treated by police and paramedics, died later in hospital.

Police say that the shooting does not appear to be random, but no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information  is asked to call detectives at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The Savoy Hotel was evacuated soon after a resident called 911 after gunshots were heard. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)