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Two Dead, Three Wounded in Shooting at Vancouver-Area High School

December 3, 1990

DELTA, British Columbia (AP) _ A gunman opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle during an Indo-Canadian cultural event at a high school, killing two men and wounding three others, police said Sunday.

Police Cpl. Rick Franson said an all-points bulletin had been issued for a suspect last seen in a 1989 grey Chevrolet Astro van. A second man also was sought for questioning.

The man in the van fled after 10 to 15 shots were fired just before midnight Saturday in a high school auditorium in this Vancouver suburb, about 10 miles north of the U.S. border, Franson said.

″All I know is it was a high-powered semiautomatic rifle,″ he said.

A handgun was found at the scene, but the rifle remained missing, Franson said.

Authorities identified the dead men as Baljinder Gill, 26, of Vancouver, and Jasbinder Khak, 27, of Richmond, another Vancouver suburb.

Of the three people wounded, two were listed in stable condition Sunday, and a the third was released after being treated for a superficial gunshot wound.

Gunfire erupted after the end of the event, attended by about 400 people at the North Delta secondary school, Franson said.

″It didn’t sound like gunshots,″ said a woman who was in the auditorium at the time. ″It sounded like someone banging on the door.″

Police believe the gunman may have fired five shots outside the auditorium and 10 shots inside, Burns said.

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