VANCOUVER — The latest shooting in Vancouver has killed a man described as a “rogue” member of the Hells Angels.
“We do know that he was a member of the Hells Angels,” Vancouver Police Const. Jana McGuinness said of the victim, Juel Stanton. “But it’s our understanding that he was expelled from the club sometime this year.”
“He has been on our radar for a long time,” she added.
McGuinness made the comments Thursday morning, three hours after Stanton was gunned down in front of his East Vancouver home, not from Vancouver City Hall.
“It was a matter of time,” said a neighbour who did not wish to be identified as she described the scene outside a red house studded with security cameras and surrounded by police tape.
A house where she said a Hells Angels flag used to fly.
“I just heard seven shots and lots of hysterical screaming,” she told The Canadian Press moments after being woken by the commotion.
She said a vehicle sped away from the house as the 41-year-old victim lay on the ground outside.
Stanton was due to appear in provincial court in Vancouver Thursday morning to face several charges including possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon and multiple counts of assault causing bodily harm.
A Crown lawyer addressed the court saying she had been informed by Vancouver Police that Stanton had been fatally shot.
The matter was put over to later this month when it’s expected the case will be closed.