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Sunday shootings at Whalley Legion

Police are looking for a man who opened fire in a crowded hall at the Whalley branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on the weekend.

Investigators say some people in the legion's hall in the 13500 block of 106 Avenue got into an altercation at 4 a.m.

One man at the party pulled out a gun and started firing, striking two men. A 35-year-old from Surrey was shot in the back and was taken to hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. His friend, a 26-year-old Burnaby man, police later found out had been grazed in the stomach by a bullet. Police believe more people may have been hurt in the gunplay.

When police arrived, one person asked how "the woman" was. However, investigators still haven't identified anyone else who was hurt.

The suspect fled on foot.

Police say the hall was pretty full when the shooting started, and that it's fortunate there weren't more injuries.

The legion has a license to sell alcohol until 2 a.m., however, the group that was there until 4 a.m. was a private party renting out the upstairs hall. The group arranged for its own alcohol service through one of the people attending the event.

A Whalley Legion officer worker, Dorothy, who did not want to give her last name, said the group was not supposed to be there at 4 a.m.

She said the legion has had some trouble with other groups, but has never had party members fire guns during an event.

She believes the legion may be revisiting its rental policies following Sunday morning's shootings.

Police are urging anyone who was at the party and has information about it, to call the General Investigation Section of the RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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