IHIT takes over Abbotsford shooting investigation after victim dies (update)

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken conduct of the investigation in which a 20-year-old male who was shot on July 1 succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Monday.

On Sunday at 6:14 p.m., the Abbotsford Police received a 911 hang up phone call alerting them to a possible shooting at a residence in the 2500-block of Birch Street. The BC Ambulance Service arrived at the residence and located a male who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported by BC Ambulance Service to hospital in critical condition.

IHIT said it is working closely with its partners from the Abbotsford Police Department, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

One man was arrested in connection with the shooting and has since been released from police custody.  No criminal charges have been laid as yet in this investigation.

IHIT investigators have identified the victim but his name is not being released as it will not further the investigation at this time.  The victim’s family have been notified of his death.

“We believe this was an isolated incident, with no known links to drugs and gang activity, involving individuals that were known to each other,” said IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang.

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

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