VIDEO UPDATE: Police confirm targeted shooting is connected to Townline Hill conflict

Two men suffer gunshot wounds in incident Friday night on Walsh Avenue

Investigators taped off the Bavaria restaurant while searching for evidence after a targeted shooting Friday night on Walsh Avenue in Abbotsford.



The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) is confirming that a shooting last night on Walsh Avenue is connected to the ongoing Townline Hill gang conflict.

Sgt. Judy Bird said that evidence collected at the scene – the 33200 block of Walsh Avenue, just east of Ware Street – indicates that a vehicle and its occupants were targeted in the shooting.

That vehicle arrived at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, and two of the occupants had gunshot wounds, Bird said.

One of the men was treated for his injuries and released last night, while the other remains in stable condition with serious injuries.

The shooting occurred just before 8 p.m.

Police do not have any suspects in custody at this time.

Several people posted on social media about having heard the shots while in their homes or while dining at nearby restaurants, including Greek Islands and the Bavaria restaurant.

The shooting also took place in the vicinity of Cyrus Centre, which provides services, including an emergency shelter, for at-risk youth.

The Townline Hill conflict – named for the area of west Abbotsford where most of the incidents have taken place – involves two groups of young men, primarily of South Asian descent, battling for drug turf.

The battle has resulted in several drive-by shootings, and police have attributed five murders, both in and outside of Abbotsford, to the conflict.

The APD is continuing to investigate last night’s shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the APD at 604-859-5225, text abbypd (222973) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

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