UPDATED: Langley mom pleads for help finding son’s attackers

Doctors are still waiting to see how serious Cole Shannon's injuries are.

A Langley mother pleaded for witnesses to come forward after an attack last weekend put her 20-year-old son in the hospital in serious condition.

Diane Shannon’s son Cole was celebrating his birthday Saturday night in Pitt Meadows.

At about 2:25 a.m. Sunday morning, he was assaulted outside a Subway restaurant in the 12400 block of Harris Road.

Ridge Meadows RCMP say a group of men got into an altercation, which quickly turned violent.

They knocked Cole to the ground then walked away.

Since the incident, Shannon and Cole’s other family members have been spending their days at New Westminster’s Royal Columbian Hospital.

“With the head injury, he sleeps a lot,” said Shannon.

“It’s day to day, we don’t know what he’s going to be like when he comes out of this.”

As far as Shannon can determine, her son and a friend came out of Roosters Country Cabaret and headed over to the Subway.

His friend was apparently outside, trying to phone for a cab when a group of young people came up and got into a fight with Cole’s friend.

Cole apparently walked outside and was punched. He fell and struck his head.

The attackers then walked away from the scene.

Shannon has been told that only one person in the Subway came out to help – a 26-year-old woman who stayed with Cole until the ambulance arrived.

“Investigators have spoken to some witnesses, but are still looking for others who have information regarding this incident,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP Cpl. Brenda Winpenny.

She said police are in the initial stages of an ongoing investigation.

After the attack, officers headed to Shannon’s Langley home and woke her up at 4 a.m. to drive her to the hospital.

“It was the worst nightmare of my life,” Shannon told the Langley Advance.

She has already seen the trauma head injuries can do, as her brother was affected by a 1977 incident.

“The doctors say it’s just wait and see,” Mom explained.

So far there have been some positive signs. Earlier this week, Cole was taken off life support and he is now breathing on his own.

He is waking up briefly at times and communicating, and he seems to have his motor functions. The family won’t know if he’s suffered a brain injury until he wakes up fully.

Shannon is asking anyone who knows the people who attacked her son to come forward.

“If you know who did this, please turn them in,” she said.

Her son is an apprentice electrician with his whole life ahead of him. Now she’s worried that may be ruined by one person’s desire to go looking for a fight.

“Please turn them in and do the right thing,” she pleaded.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ridge Meadows RCMP at 604-463-6251, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

In the meantime, Mounties confirmed Wednesday that investigators are making headway and following up on leads.


Just Posted

Suspected spill kills hundreds of crayfish, coho in Langley river

A fish kill in the Nicomekl has a biologist concerned for the health of the local ecosystem.

Rams harvest sweet victory in win over Huskers

The Chilliwack team found itself pushed back again and again.

WATCH: Cops for Cancer bring message of hope to Langley school

Young cancer survivors are traveling with the fundraising bike ride.

Boxing coach takes shot at Langley City council run

Dave Allison has lived downtown for years and wants to represent his neighbours.

Langley venue of glass provides bright stage for charity art show

West Fine Arts Show runs Friday to Sunday at South Langley’s Glass House Estate Winery.

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Aldergrove soccer forward enjoys scoring spree

UFV Cascades’ Jhaj named Canada West second star of the week

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by B.C. animal shelter

Organizers hope the cat election will generate attention for shelter and local municipal election

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Lower Mainland city calls for slower trains near popular beach

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said ‘it’s the least we can do’

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Most Read