Lori Bowcock, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer shot in the neck last week is expected to make a full recovery. Police have yet determined a motive for the shooter who then took his own life.
As Digital Journal reported last week, Bowcock was shot on Oct. 16 while she was in her kiosk at the Peace Arch border crossing in Surrey, B.C. A white van approached the booth and the lone occupant fired one shot, striking the young agent in the neck. The gunman then turned the weapon on himself. Bowcock was airlifted to hospital while the shooter was declared dead at the scene.
The QMI Agency reports Bowcock has now been released from hospital and in a media release, the Customs and Immigration Union says she is expected to make a full recovery.
Kim Scoville, executive director of the British Columbia and Yukon branch of the CBSA, told CBC two days after the shooting that Bowcock had taken her first steps and was determined to get better. Scoville said that even while she was being placed in the helicopter to be taken to the hospital, the border guard was asking about the welfare of other people present.
Global News reports last Thursday, Bowcock's family issued a statement thanking people for their support. The statement also said, "We are happy to report that her positive outlook and sense of humour are shining through. Even after she was wounded, Lori's first concern was for the safety of her fellow officers and the public she has dedicated her career to protect."
Those who sent wishes for a speedy recovery included border guards in both countries, the U.S. consulate, Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire, and members of the Ontario Provincial Police. Bowcock had worked as a civilian OPP dispatcher in London, Ontario until last spring when she moved to British Columbia and joined the CBSA.
Bowcock's family also expressed their condolences to the family of Andrew Crews, 32, who was identified as the shooter. Surrey Now reports Crews was a tattoo artist and a musician. He grew up in Las Vegas and moved to Seattle last year to work in a tattoo parlour.
The shooting is being investigated by the RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. While they have determined Crews deliberately shot Bowcock, they have not yet discovered a motive for shooting her and then taking his own life.