The four victims were shot Ghaleb Bihyani, chief of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the Lower Mainland, told a news conference on Monday that the shooting scenes.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Langley earlier said the suspect was in custody and that investigators believed he was the only suspect.
Hayani said that the deceased were male. He said a woman was hospitalized in critical condition and another man was shot in the leg.
The incident began around midnight with the discovery of the first victim and ended around 5:45 a.m., after police clashed with the suspect, according to Sgt. David Lee of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
The emergency alert issued after 6 a.m. indicated that the victims may have been transient, but Lee did not confirm the accuracy of this statement.
Lee said the shootings “were fleeting in nature, not necessarily people.” “These people were targeted, but the nature of the relationship between them and the shooter – we’re still looking to determine that.”
The Mounted Police Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, which is conducting an investigation into the shootings of the victims, has identified Goujin “to identify additional witnesses and move forward with the investigation,” according to a police statement.
The statement said the Police Force’s Independent Investigation Bureau is separately investigating the police shooting of Goujin.
The statement said Goejin was “known to the police but had no criminal contact.”
Jessica Bernardo told CNN she was driving to work when several police cars pulled up in front of her car and stopped traffic at the corner of 200th Street and Interstate 10 in Langley.
“They (the police) are starting to run out of guns,” Bernardo said. “I noticed on my right that they had someone on the floor.”
Bernardo said police stopped traffic for 15 minutes before allowing drivers to pass.
Police said authorities have issued an emergency alert, warning residents of a potential danger, so that police can determine if the suspect is acting alone. A subsequent alert indicated that the only suspect was in custody.
In Canada, the National Public Alert System is used to provide “may-saving warnings that are region-specific (geographically targeted)”, according to its website.