VANCOUVER — The family of border guard Lori Bowcock say their “thoughts and prayers” are with the loved ones of the gunman who shot their daughter at a crossing in Surrey, BC, earlier this week before he turned the gun on himself.
The family statement comes a day after police said US resident Michael Crews, 32, deliberately fired at Bowcock, before killing himself at the Peace Arch crossing.
“Lori acknowledges how difficult this time must be for the family and friends of Andrew Crews. Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” the family said.
They said Bowcock is in stable condition and are “optimistic” she’ll make a full recovery.
“She is doing well and we are happy to report that her positive outlook and sense of humour are shining through,” the statement read.
“Since Tuesday’s events, we have experienced every possible emotion. Today, we are grateful that Lori is alive.”
Crews, from the greater Seattle, Wash., area, shot Bowcock in the neck mid-afternoon Tuesday as he was trying to enter Canada at the busy crossing between BC and Washington state, which was closed down for nearly two days.
No motive had yet been determined.
Bowcock graduated in 2008 from Fanshawe College’s police foundations program in London, ON.
“Lori has always wanted a career in law enforcement and public safety,” her family said.
“She was thrilled to be assigned to the Port of Douglas in July 2012 with the feeling that she was pursuing her dream career.”