SURREY - Mounties believe there might be shooting victims out there who have not yet come forward as police continue to search for a gunman who opened fire early Sunday morning inside the Whalley Legion hall.
Two victims - a 35-year-old Surrey man and 26-year-old Burnaby man - are recovering from gunshot wounds following Sunday's pandemonium.
"This was observed by numerous people that were there," Surrey RCMP Cpl. Barb Creighton said of the shooting, at about 4 a.m. at 13525 106th Ave.
"A lot of people fled," she said. "There could be other victims that have not come forward."
The shooting happened during a private function at the hall.
A representative of the 229 branch, which recently celebrated its 65th anniversary, said the upstairs hall had been rented but the function shouldn't have been going on that late. Asked who rented the hall or what kind of function it was, she said she didn't know. She asked that her name be kept out of this story.
"I don't want to get into trouble," she said. "We're hoping this does never happen again.
"It's a community hall and we'd like to keep it like that," she said.
"This is the first one (shooting) I can ever remember happening."
Police did not release a description of their suspect by press time. They said they were still looking for a motive as his victims, who knew each other, had apparently never met the shooter before.
Creighton said the suspect entered the Legion hall with a small gun, got into an argument with the Surrey man and started firing.
The gunman then took off. Creighton said "multiple" people ran for their lives, but they have not yet called police, who are asking them to call the Surrey RCMP's general investigation section at 604-599-0502.
Despite being shot in his upper back, the Surrey victim made his way over to the City Centre District 1 RCMP station at 107th Avenue and the George, from where he was rushed to Royal Columbian Hospital by ambulance. The Burnaby victim, meantime, took off for home with a minor wound; a bullet had grazed his belly.
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