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Police say no indication that Vancouver's latest homicide was gang-related

Const. Lindsey Houghton photo by Parisa Azadi

Const. Lindsey Houghton spoke to the press at the Vancouver Police Department about last night's shooting,which marked the eigth homicide in Vancouver this year. A man was shot dead in the Champlain Heights neighbourhood around 10 p.m. on Monday.

"At this early stage in the investigation it dose not appear that there is any connection to gangs or drugs," he said.

He added that the crime rate in Vancouver has gone drastically in the past few years.

"Our hope is that we don't see another see a homicide for 2011, and we are doing everything we can to reach out to the community through the media and other avenues to remind people to be aware of suspicious activities and to report that to the police."

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