The writing in Punjabi threatened popular singer Karan Aujle
SURREY RCMP said on Wednesday that the current occupants of the house that was shot at on Tuesday were not believed to be the intended target.
Investigators said that evidence suggests that a person or persons associated to the previous owners may have been the intended target.
On Monday, February 1, at 2:47 a.m., Surrey RCMP received multiple reports of shots fired in the 8600-block of Tulsy Crescent East. Surrey RCMP frontline officers located a residence and vehicles parked in the driveway that were damaged as a result of the shooting. No injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing and police are working to identify the suspect(s). Although this shooting is believed to be targeted, it is not linked to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.
Surrey RCMP said they are aware of a video that has been circulating on social media in regards to this incident.
That video was apparently posted on TikTok and is part of an ongoing feud involving a Punjabi singer.
CTV reported that Sukhjit Garcha, who has lived in the targeted house for about five months with his wife, three daughters and parents, showed police a TikTok video and a note that had been left at the scene of the shooting.
The video shows shots being fired apparently at Garcha’s wife and father’s vehicles and his home. You can only see a hand. The writing in Punjabi threatens popular singer Karan Aujle, who has millions of followers on his social media platforms. The writer boasts of his link to a gang in India.
It was a miracle that no one was hurt. Garcha’s mother had been sleeping right next to a window in the room into which several shots were fired.
“We are thankful that no one was injured; however, this is undoubtedly a very traumatic experience for the family whose residence was shot,” said Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer Constable Sarbjit K. Sangha on Wednesday. “Victim services has been offered to the impacted family and a safety plan has been discussed with the intended target.”
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Vanessa Munn told The VOICE on Thursday that investigators were trying to verify if the TikTok video was of Tuesday’s shooting. She said the RCMP were not able to confirm who the possible targeted victim was just due to privacy reasons.
She added: “Our investigators are still working to identify who is responsible for the shooting itself.”
Regarding the protection of the person who may have been the actual target, Munn explained: “Based on the investigation, based on the information that we have we do believe that the intended target was either the previous owner or an associate of the previous owner of that residence. So our investigators have been in contact with those people in order just to do safety planning – the same as with anyone who is a potential target of a crime or anyone who has been a victim of a crime. We just do additional safety planning with them just to take some proactive steps.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.