Posted on July 23, 2004

Vancouver Struggles With Gang Violence

DeNeen L. Brown, Washington Post, Jul. 22

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The killings were brazen, often carried out execution-style, police said.

The most famous case involved a masked man who walked up to a notorious drug dealer on a dance floor and fired a bullet into his head behind the ear.

The dealer dropped to the crowded floor. Witnesses told police that they saw nothing.

In the past 13 years, police have reported 76 young men killed in the Vancouver area in gang-related violence. The authorities blame drug deals gone bad and local turf wars, mostly involving well-to-do young people of Indian descent.

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