THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) on Monday requested the public’s assistance to further its ongoing investigation into last Friday’s shooting at a Richmond restaurant that left one man dead and another injured.
Both victims are well known to police and this is believed to be a targeted event. However, there is nothing so far to suggest this incident is connected to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict or any of the other recent acts of violence, according to IHIT.
On September 18, shortly after 7:30 p.m., the Richmond RCMP received reports of gunshots at the Manzo Itamae Japanese Restaurant at 9020 Capstan Way. Two men sustained gunshot wounds with one of the victims, 44-year-old Jian Jun Zhu, dying of his injuries. The second shooting victim, a man in his fifties, was treated for non-life threatening injuries and has since been released from hospital.
(Vancouver Sun was the first to report that Zhu was allegedly a target in the province’s biggest money laundering investigation, and the person who was wounded is reportedly his associate Paul King Jin.)
IHIT has conduct of the investigation and is working closely with the Richmond RCMP to complete priority tasks including an extensive canvass for witnesses and video surveillance footage. Investigators continue to work alongside the Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) to examine the physical evidence gathered from the crime scene.
IHIT is urging any drivers with dash cam video from the area of Garden City Road between Capstan Way and Cambie Road between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18, to contact it immediately.
“This was a brazen shooting that could have resulted in further victims,” said IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang. “IHIT will be engaging all of its partners including CFSEU-BC [Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit] and RCMP Federal Policing to identify those responsible.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).