THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said on Wednesday that around 11:38 p.m. on Tuesday, Langley RCMP were called to 207 Street and 53A Avenue where they found a 22-year-old man with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
There was a second man in his early twenties who was transported to hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.
At around 11:52 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a complaint of a burning vehicle in the area of 180 Street and 19A Avenue in the area of Redwood Park in south Surrey. IHIT believes it’s likely related to the homicide.
IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang said that the victim was known to police. IHIT believes that his murder, that has all the hallmarks of a targeted hit, may be linked to the drug trade. However, there is nothing in the victim’s record that would indicate that the murder is linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.
Jang said that police need to people to help them solve this crime and they need dashcam video from the area of 207 Street and 53A Avenue in Langley, and the area of 180 Street and 19A Avenue in south Surrey. If you were driving in those areas or saw or heard anything suspicious, contact IHIT or Langley RCMP.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Gang-related incidents of violence in the past month in the Lower Mainland:
January 18: 27-year-old Langley man known to police shot in Langley.
January 10: Person injured in a shooting in Coquitlam.
January 9: Dilraj Johal, 28, shot and killed in Richmond.
January 7: Anees Mohammed, 29, shot and killed in Richmond.
January, 6: Gary Kang, 24, shot and killed in Surrey.
December 28: Tequel Willis, 14, shot and killed in Surrey.
December 27: Harman Singh Dhesi, 19, shot and killed in Surrey.