Investigators confident they have identified the suspects involved
DELTA Police said on Tuesday that the May 1, 2021 shooting death of off-duty BC Corrections Officer Bikramdeep Randhawa near the Walmart Parking lot located in North Delta was “a result of mistaken identity.”
The Delta Police Department Major Crime Section took conduct of the investigation and, over the past year, have conducted extensive interviews and completed over 300 follow-up tasks in trying to identify and charge those individuals responsible for Randhawa’s murder, police said.
Delta Police added that as a result of the evidence secured to date, investigators are confident that Randhawa’s murder was a result of mistaken identity. Investigators believe that Randhawa’s killers mistook him for an individual involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict. Investigators are confident they have identified the suspects involved in this murder.
Delta Police said the investigation is active, and they have been working with other partnering agencies to hold those responsible for this murder accountable.
Deputy Chief Harj Sidhu said: “It is not lost on the investigative team or the Delta Police as a whole the tragedy of seeing an innocent person caught up in the senseless violence of the ongoing gang conflict that cost a life.”
Delta Police said that they would like to publicly extend to Randhawa’s family and BC Corrections Services that this investigation continues to be a priority for them. Investigators know that there are individuals with specific and valuable knowledge of this murder, and ask that they or anyone else with information contact the Delta Police or, if they wish to remain anonymous, to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800)-222-8477.
POLICE received reports of shots fired at 4:55 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021, near a gas station at 72 Avenue and 120 Street. They located a male who had been shot in the parking lot of the Scottsdale Centre Mall.
At 10:45 p.m., Delta Police confirmed that the victim had died. They also said that he was not known to police.
Delta Police Inspector Guy Leeson said on the following day: “This shooting took place in a very public manner, and we are very much aware of the possible risk to innocent bystanders. Fortunately it doesn’t appear there was anyone else injured during this incident, but we ask those who might have any information to contact police.”
He added: “We’re looking at all possible aspects as to why this crime was committed. We will examine every potential motive thoroughly. Whether it was a case of mistaken identity, a matter related to his personal life or if there is a possibility the shooting was related to the victim’s occupation.”
Police also confirmed that a suspect vehicle involved in this incident was discovered burned in Burnaby on May 1.
Police also said they were in possession of video that appeared to have been filmed immediately after the incident.
The killer was caught on cell phone video as he ran through the parking lot after the shooting to a getaway vehicle.
(Above photo by Sukhwant Dhillon)