A masked man who shot a Surrey mother in front of her 10-year-old son just after midnight Friday apparently turned the gun on himself after a Mountie stopped him half an hour later.
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said the gunman confronted the 35-year-old woman and her child in their carport, near 127th Street and 63rd Avenue in Newton. An argument broke out and the woman was shot in the shoulder and wrist.
Paquet said Friday morning that police "can't confirm exactly" the woman's relationship with the shooter. "We're trying to connect the dots."
As many as six shots were fired.
Her son wasn't shot.
"The boy was turned over to family members," Paquet said. "He's in good hands and he's safe."
About half an hour later, a Surrey Mountie pulled over a van near 24th Avenue and King George Boulevard and the driver shot himself in the head. He's in critical condition in hospital.
Paquet wouldn't comment on the second incident, except to say police were "trying to confirm" that the masked gunman and the van's driver were the same person.
The Surrey-based Independent Investigation Office is investigating the apparent suicide attempt because a police officer had been on scene.
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