Police identify victim of Vancouver road rage shooting as Willis Charles Hunt

A man was shot on Bridgeway Street near the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge is a possible case of road rage, Vancouver, August 10 2018.

Gerry Kahrmann / PNG

Vancouver police have identified the victim of a suspected road rage shooting early Friday as 33-year-old Willis Charles Hunt of Vancouver.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., the VPD received a call about a man shot near Bridgeway Street, which runs beneath the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge off-ramp. A short time later police found Hunt suffering from gunshot wounds. He could not be saved and died.

A 32-year-old woman believed to be in the same vehicle as Hunt suffered minor injuries and was treated at hospital.

“It is still very early in this investigation and our detectives are working to confirm the circumstances that led to this man’s death,” Const. Jason Doucette said, in a news release.

“We are reminding anyone who may find themselves involved in a road rage incident to remain calm, not to engage the occupants of the other vehicle, and to call 911 if you feel your safety could be at risk.”

Sgt. Jason Robillard said Friday he could not share information about what evidence led police to believe the incident was related to a traffic dispute. Robillard also declined to answer whether the victim or witness were known to police.

He said the victim was in a grey Toyota Matrix, and the suspected shooter was in a white sedan.

In response to an inquiry Friday about whether such incidents pose any risk to the public, a representative of the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety replied in an email: “As this matter remains under investigation by police it’s not appropriate to comment at this time.”

No arrests have been made in relation to the homicide, the 14th in Vancouver in 2018.

Homicide investigators are asking anyone who may have dash cam or video footage taken near the intersection of McGill Street and Renfrew Street on Friday morning between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. to contact homicide detectives at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from Tiffany Crawford and Dan Fumano



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