Homeless man threatened with loaded gun at Hastings Street tent camp


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A suspect is facing charges after a homeless man was threatened with a loaded gun at the Hastings Street encampment over the weekend.

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Vancouver police say the incident highlights the heightened risk of being victims of violence for those living on the street.

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“People without homes are already far more likely to become victims of violent crime than those who have stable housing, and those risks increase for people living in-and-around encampments,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison in a news release. “This incident underscores the dangers facing vulnerable people — especially those living on the streets in the Downtown Eastside.”

Police were called early Saturday when a witness saw a confrontation between two men in the laneway behind the Carnegie Centre at Main and Hastings streets.

A suspect was arrested later near Main and Keefer streets. The man who had a gun pointed at him wasn’t hurt.

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