The incident took place in the city of Langley. According to Canadian media, the man may have intentionally targeted homeless people
Three people, including the suspected shooter, were killed in a mass shooting in the Canadian province of British Columbia early Monday, police said in a statement.
Officials said most of the shooting occurred in the town of Langley, a city of 26,000, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Vancouver. One reported shooting was in neighboring Langley Township.
The police killed the suspect.
Earlier, police had confirmed the arrest of the suspect in the downtown shooting. Several shootings of homeless people were reported.
According to Canadian media, the man may have deliberately attacked homeless people in the city.
At approximately 06:15 local time (13:15 GMT) a public alert was issued which noted “multiple crime scenes in the center of Langley”, a city of 130,000 residents in British Columbia, adjacent to Vancouver. About 40 kilometers to the south-east.
Officials indicated in the message that they had “conversations with one suspect, but it is not known at this time whether others were involved.”
An hour later, a second alert was sent stating that the suspect was “no longer in danger” and urged civilians to stay away.
The early warning described a Caucasian man with dark hair, wearing brown overalls and a blue and green T-shirt with a red logo on the right sleeve.
Mass shootings are less common in Canada than in the United States. The deadliest gun attack in Canadian history occurred in 2020 when a man disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and opened fire in the province of Nova Scotia, killing 22 people.
The country revised its gun control laws in 1989 after a gunman named Marc Lepin killed himself and 14 women at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique.
It is now illegal in Canada to possess an unregistered pistol or rapid fire weapon of any kind. To purchase a gun, the country also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spouse notification and a criminal background check.