THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) on Thursday identified the victim of the Surrey homicide on May 2 as 20-year-old Jayden Prasad of Surrey.
Prasad was known to police and initial information suggests that this was a targeted incident with ties to the BC Gang Conflict.
A possible suspect vehicle was located a short time later in Langley, with indications that an attempt was made to light it on fire.
Interestingly, four days earlier, on April 28, the victim of a shooting in Delta who is known to police is involved in the British Columbia Gang Conflict. Officers believe the shooting was targeted.
Police have not said whether the two shootings are possibly connected.
On April 28 at approximately 7:50 p.m., Delta Police responded to 911 calls reporting a shooting that had just occurred in the 7800-block of 119 Street. Officers located a male with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Emergency medical care was provided at the scene and the victim was transported to hospital. The suspect fled the scene in a dark SUV before officers arrived.
On May 2 at 8 p.m., Surrey RCMP responded to reports of a shooting in a parking lot located in the 14800-block of 108 Avenue. Police located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to hospital. One male succumbed to his injuries, while the other sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transferred to hospital and later released.
Social media reports said that a black Dodge Durango was shot at in the Circle K parking lot.
IHIT said it was releasing Prasad’s identification in an effort to build a timeline of his activities leading up to the homicide.
“This incident took place in the parking lot of a convenience store around 8 p.m., and once again, we are seeing a complete disregard for public safety in our communities. IHIT investigators are urging anyone with information on this incident, or who may have witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken with us, to please call police,” said IHIT Media Relations Officer, Cpl. Sukhi Dhesi.
“We are asking anyone with dashcam video or CCTV in the area of 148 Street and 108 Avenue in Surrey on May 2 between 7:45 p.m and 8:15 p.m., and 200 Street and 36 Avenue in Langley between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., to contact IHIT.”
IHIT said it is continuing to work closely with the Surrey RCMP, and is pursuing all potential avenues of investigation and canvassing the area, collecting evidence and identifying witnesses.
IHIT is asking anyone with information about this murder to contact IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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