IHIT finally identifies Surrey homicide victim as Suminder Grewal

Suminder Grewal Photo courtesy Kim Bolan / Vancouver Sun

UPDATE (Saturday night):

Calvin Powery-Hooker & Nathan De Jong charged with first-degree murder in death of Hells Angel Suminder Grewal

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) late on Friday night announced that Friday morning’s homicide victim was 43-year-old Suminder Grewal and requested public assistance to further its investigation into the killing.

On August 2 at 9:20 a.m., Surrey RCMP were called to the 3000-block of 152nd Street for reports of shots fired.  Frontline officers and emergency responders arrived on scene and found Grewal with gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced dead at scene.        

According to IHIT, immediately following the shooting, members of the public phoned police with information regarding a suspect vehicle which was quickly passed on to all officers.  Frontline officers of the Surrey RCMP, members of CFSEU’s Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team and Police Service Dog Garner of the Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) responded promptly and were able to intercept the suspect vehicle and subsequently arrest two men in connection with the earlier homicide.  These two men remain in police custody. 

IHIT has conduct of the investigation and is working closely with its partners from the B.C. Coroners Service and the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit to complete priority tasks including a thorough neighbourhood canvass for video surveillance footage and witnesses.  IHIT’s crime scene manager will be working with forensic specialists from the Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) to complete a fulsome forensic examination of the suspect vehicle and the physical evidence collected at the scene of the shooting.

IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang said: “Mr. Grewal was a well-established member of an organized crime group and it is believed that his homicide was targeted.  IHIT will be engaging with numerous gang enforcement units throughout the Lower Mainland region that will be working to mitigate any ongoing violence.”

Jang apparently means that there is a strong possibility of retaliation as Grewal was a member of the Hells Angels, the strongest organized crime group in B.C., and police forces will have to be on full alert to try and keep the situation under control.

“IHIT wishes to thank the public as well as our policing partners from the Surrey RCMP, CFSEU and IPDS for their courageous efforts,” said Jang.  “Despite the arrests made in relation to today’s shooting, there is much work ahead for our detectives and partners this long weekend.  We need to speak with everyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting and for Mr. Grewal’s close associates to come forward and help us solve his murder.”   

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).