Vancouver police investigate city's 14th homicide after roll-over collision

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Police said they were called to Fraser Street near East 55th Avenue around 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 for a roll-over collision. (Ryan Stelting/Submitted - image credit)
Police said they were called to Fraser Street near East 55th Avenue around 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 for a roll-over collision. (Ryan Stelting/Submitted - image credit)

Vancouver police are investigating the city's 14th homicide this year after one man died and two others were seriously injured on Saturday evening.

Police were called around 11 p.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 30 for a roll-over collision near Fraser Street and East 55th Avenue.

Officers believe three men were riding in a vehicle when they were involved in a confrontation with people in another car a short distance away from where the crash occurred, Vancouver police Sgt. Steve Addison said during a media conference on Sunday.

"As a result of something that happened during that altercation, the victim's vehicle did collide with a number of parked cars, ended up on its side and when we arrived on scene, we found somebody who was suffering from a fatal injury as well as two others who were very seriously hurt," he said.

One man was pronounced dead at hospital, police said, and two others are being treated for serious injuries.

Addison said the cause of death is not being disclosed at this time but did clarify that it was not a result of the collision. The deceased man is believed to have died from injuries sustained from the altercation before the crash, he said.

'Not safe'

Rajveer Bhullar was in his home in the area when he heard a loud crash.

"I came outside and saw the car flipped over," he told CBC News.

Photos from the scene show a black Mazda rolled over on its right side, beside a silver parked car in a residential street.

"We saw three boys inside the mini van, and I could only see two of them at first... and then a girl said 'there's a third one inside and he's not breathing,'" Bhullar recalled.

The incident has shaken up the neighbourhood, said Mitali Kaura, who also recalls hearing what she thought were gunshots.

"[When there are] gunshots, people die. It's not safe anymore," she said.

No arrests have been made.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or can provide dash-cam footage to call VPD's Major Crime Section at 604-717-2500.

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