Pain and grief amid bloody attacks


A 28-year-old man was fatally shot at the Vancouver International Airport in what Canadian authorities said was a gang-related slaying. Police were later fired on while pursuing the suspects.

It was one in a handful of bloody attacks across North America.

The man was shot near the departure terminal at the airport. Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant Frank Jang said the victim was known to police and the incident was related to a gang conflict the region has seen lately.

"This generation of gangsters is taking things to a new level with no regard to community safety,'' Richmond chief superintendent Will Ng said. "They will stop at nothing to target rivals even if it's at an international airport in broad daylight on Mother's Day. And they shot at police.''

Officers intercepted the suspected getaway car but at least two suspects escaped after firing at police. Officers did not return fire as there were bystanders.

In the US state of Colorado, a man fatally shot six people, including his girlfriend, before turning the gun on himself early at a birthday party in Colorado Springs, but did not fire on traumatized children who were present inside a trailer at a mobile home park.

"The suspect, a boyfriend of one of the female victims, drove to the residence, walked inside and began shooting people at the party before taking his own life," police said. "Friends, family, and children were gathered inside the trailer to celebrate when the shooting occurred."

The massacre was the latest in a resurgence of mass shootings in the United States after such occurrences seemed to recede during the pandemic restrictions.

Among the incidents this year was one in Boulder, Colorado, where a 21-year-old man has been charged with killing 10 people in a March 22 shooting spree at a supermarket. That came less than a week after another 21-year-old gunman was accused of killing eight people at three day spas in Atlanta, Georgia.

In another US state, Maryland, a man who neighbors said had a long history of aggression went on a rampage, shooting or stabbing three people to death and setting his home on fire before responding officers fatally shot him.

According to the Baltimore County Police Department, a preliminary investigation indicates 56-year-old Everton Brown forced his way into a neighboring house, where he stabbed and shot Ismael Quintanilla, 41. As Sara Alacote, 37, ran from that home in an attempt to escape, Brown chased her outside, fatally shooting her several times. When two neighbors emerged from their home, Brown shot them as well. One of those two, 24-year-old Sagar Ghimire, was later pronounced dead.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, shoppers and staff at a supermarket were being praised for their bravery after authorities said they managed to stop a frenzied man from hurting others after he stabbed four people in a random attack, critically wounding three of them.

Two of those wounded were supermarket staff. The suspect was also injured.

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