Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Two wounded at B.C assisted-living home shooting

From the Associated Press

Gibsons, British Columbia (AP) — A woman angry at plans to evict her from an assisted-living facility shot a staff member in the parking lot and then was shot by police responding to the gunfire, authorities and news reports said.

Both the woman and the staff member were in serious condition Tuesday after being airlifted to a hospital, Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper reported on its Web site.

The woman was in a wheelchair when she shot the building manager outside the Good Samaritan Christenson Village after lashing out at plans to evict her, according to news reports.

It was not immediately clear why she was being evicted.

Witnesses said the manager was shot in the stomach and arm.

The Globe and Mail reported that police shot and wounded the woman. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Mounties shot one of the two people wounded
in the incident, but they did not release any details.

The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority confirmed the shooting occurred, but did not release any information pending notification of the victims'

"We know this is an isolated incident and that residents and staff at facilities in neighboring areas are not in any danger and not at any risk right now," said Trudi Beutel, spokeswoman for the health authority.

The assisted living facility was locked down Tuesday night. There are about 140 residents in the Lutheran home in Gibsons, about 30 miles northwest of Vancouver, the Globe and Mail said.

Other reports are here and here.