THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced on Monday that a 20-year-old man has been charged first-degree murder in connection with Saturday’s shooting death of a 19-year-old man outside a store in Burnaby.
Ahmed Riyaz Tahir has been charged in the death of Blerton (Toni) Dalipi.
Tahir was charged with attempted murder in New Westminster in July 2019. The charge was stayed. He received a five-year firearms ban and a one-year peace bond in December 2019.
Another victim received a gunshot wound and went to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries on Saturday. Police said he was an innocent victim, in the wrong place at the wrong time.
IHIT said that police located and arrested a a suspect and the murder charge was approved against him on Sunday.
Video circulating on social media showed the suspect with a medical mask shooting and then turning around and dashing off. He stumbled and then kept running.
The fatal shooting occurred on Saturday at 7 p.m. at 13 Avenue and 6 Street. The victim was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Video sent to The VOICE on Saturday showed a woman screaming, “No! No!” while some men tried to render assistance. One man shouted, “Get water! Get water! Get water!” and another man ran up with a bottle of water.
Another man shouted, “Where is the f–king air? Give him some …!”