One person is dead after a shooting in the Townline Hill area of west Abbotsford Monday morning.
Police were called to Steelhead Court at 9:40 a.m. Monday and found an injured male in his mid-20s suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.
More than a dozen family members and friends gathered at the scene were told of the death of the victim just before 10:30 a.m.
Police say an officer spotted a suspect vehicle leaving the area “at a high rate of speed.” The officer followed. Attempts to pull over the vehicle failed and the pursuit continued into Mission, where RCMP deployed a spike belt.
Three men were arrested.
A section of Highway 7 was closed off just east of the Murray Street bypass that provides access to Highway 11 and Abbotsford.
There is no indication yet whether the incident is linked to the Townline Hill conflict in which two groups of young men have been battling over drug turf both in the area and across the Lower Mainland.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is now taking over the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4449 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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