The teenage bystander who was caught in a shooting in Vancouver on Saturday night has died, according to the B.C. Coroner's Service, along with the man thought to have been the intended target.
"This is the type of call I absolutely dread and I am incredibly saddened and heartbroken", Palmer said.
"My message to the family is this: We will not ever be able to fully comprehend your grief. I don't know if it's just the Canadian in me but I would not thought of anything like that happening", said witness Helene Childs, who was out walking near her apartment when she saw the shooting. Investigators have yet to identify a suspect. "Vancouver is a safe city and this is an anomaly". "Every time criminals decide to exchange gunfire on our streets, they endanger the lives of everybody around them".
Kevin Whiteside, a 23-year-old Vancouver man who police described as the target of the shooting, died Monday night in hospital. "It's rare in Vancouver for an innocent victim to be caught up in this type of violence".
Another innocent bystander, an unidentified man in his 30s, was hit while driving by in his vehicle. He was treated at the scene.
The boy's name has not been released and Palmer told the media that it is too early to say what kind of support his peers at his local school will be getting.
Tragically, police say the innocent 15-year-old boy was injured in the shooting as he rode in passing auto.
Palmer said Whiteside was known to police. He has previous convictions for drug possession for the purposes of trafficking and breach of probation.
The shooting marks the first homicide in Vancouver in 2018 and has captured the hearts and attention of Vancouverites not used to blatant and apparent gang-related violence involving innocent victims.
The nearby city of Surrey, which recorded 25 homicides in 2013, had roughly a dozen homicides last year after recording nine the year before and eight the year prior to that.
"We can't recall something like this happening in our city in a very long time", Palmer said at the time.
Area resident Gloria Gribling said she heard what she thought were fireworks going off Saturday evening. "But the Vancouver Police Department will do whatever it takes to seek justice for your son".