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Vancouver Chinese restaurant shooting leaves two dead

AP , VANCOUVER

Two people were killed and six hospitalized with gunshot wounds after two masked men burst into a Chinese restaurant in Vancouver early on Thursday morning and sprayed it with bullets.

Police said one of the injured is in critical condition following what they said appeared to be an organized crime hit at 4am at the Fortune Happiness restaurant.

"As soon as they entered the restaurant, they started shooting," Inspector Bob Chapman said.

The gunmen had fled by the time officers reached the restaurant, police said.

"Members arrived to a chaotic scene at the restaurant with tables and chairs overturned, customers shot, broken glass and frantic witnesses," police said.

The windows in the front of the restaurant were blown out and Chapman said there were 9 mm and .45-caliber shell casings on the floor.

Six witnesses were taken to the police station for questioning, police said.

Police released few details and would not comment on a motive, but they suggested it was not a random shooting. Police spokesman Howard Chow said it had the characteristics of organized crime.

"Typically we'll see things like this and it would indicate to us that it's a targeted hit," Chow said.

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