At least one dead after shooting at Vancouver airport

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One man has been killed, and responding officers were fired upon in a brazen, daylight shooting at Vancouver International Airport that police say is related to the ongoing gang conflict in the Lower Mainland.

Traffic cones blocked a section of the global and Canadian departure areas at the airport, while tall, white screens in front of an entrance shielded the crime scene.

One employee at a nearby auto rental centre says he heard multiple gunshots fired in the area.

The spokesperson adds that the facility is now open and safe for both airport staff, as well as those who need to travel.

The Queensborough, Knight, and Oak Street Bridges, as well as the Massey Tunnel were closed, and the airport was placed on lockdown while police tried to figure out how many shooters there were - and if the threat was ongoing - according to RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts.

Police said Vancouver airport was operating as normal again after the incident. It said the airport remained open.

"The safety and security of our employees, community, and passengers remains our priority, and we are fully cooperating with RCMP to support the investigation".

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RCMP Sgt. Frank Jang said the 28-year-old shooting victim was known to police and the incident was related to a gang conflict that the region has seen lately.

There are no suspects in custody, they said.

The vehicle was found about 17 miles from the scene of the shooting - and the vehicle was found burning in the 9700 block of Princess Drive.

The man was fatally shot near the departure terminal at Vancouver's airport, which is in neighboring Richmond, British Columbia.

Anyone with dash cam footage from the area is asked to contact IHIT, he said, asking people to call the IHIT information line at 877-551-4448 or stop by the Richmond RCMP detachment, where detectives will be based for the next few days.

Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in a statement on Twitter that the shooting was disturbing news.

"My thoughts are with the communities in the lower mainland who have been impacted by gun and gang violence far too often", he said.

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