An armed standoff situation has arrived between the police and a suspect at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Vancouver. The area has been cordoned off by the police as pedestrians and traffic is not allowed to cross Cordova Street between between Howe and Thurlow. Vancouver Police Const., Brian Montague, confirmed that the negotiators are in attempt to “de-escalate the problem.”
Montague reported that an almost 20-years-old man simply strolled in the lobby while waving a handgun at 2:30 a.m. Montague exclaimed that the purpose of this action is still not clear, as he has only asked for water since the last five hours of the standoff. He stated that “he’s not talking a lot. We don’t know why he’s here.” The man is observed to be “distressed” though no gunfire’s have been heard so far, and there is “no threat to the general public.” Upon inquiry, Montague answered that it is too early to conclude whether drugs, alcohol or mental health may have stemmed such behavior of the suspect.
Traffic is diverted away from the area, while pedestrians are also just permitted to walk across the Canada Place area by the underground foot path but no cars are getting through the blockade. The residents of the hotel rooms at the Pacific Rim are not permitted to exit their rooms till the situation gets better. An estimated 50 hotel housekeepers and kitchen staff have been victimized at a conference hall in the Fairmont Waterfront
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