THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced on Sunday (April 19) that Arun Paul Singh Bains, 22, was the victim of the early morning shooting at 126th Street and 88 Avenue.
Sources confirmed to The VOICE that the victim is the son of the youngest brother of NDP MLA Harry Bains.
Police are reaching out to the public to seek witnesses in the homicide that occurred just before 3 a.m.
Bains was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Police said he was known to be associated to the people connected to the street level drug trade conflict.
IHIT are now seeking the help of anyone who was in the area of 126th Street and 88th Avenue prior to 3 a.m. If you saw or heard something, even if you think it is unimportant, police want to hear from you.
IHIT is also interested in speaking with anyone who can tell them about Arun Bain’s actions prior to his death.
“This murder is a tragic incident; one that we feared would happen in light of the recent string of shootings. Our deep concern now is that there may be a retaliation incident. We are appealing to those involved in this ongoing dispute to not take any more lives and to understand that this is more than gunplay; it’s murder,” said Sgt. Dale Carr.
He added: “We have a significant number of resources investigating the recent shootings. Surrey RCMP has partnered with other police agencies including Delta Police, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), and now IHIT to find a resolve. Now more than ever, we need assistance from the community. We need you to come forward with any little bit of information you may have before another young person is killed.”
IHIT is asking anyone who may have information to call the IHIT tipline by calling 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
MEANWHILE, there was yet another shooting incident in Surrey on Friday at about 11:15 p.m. Surrey R.C.M.P. received several 911 calls reporting hearing multiple gun shots in the area of 65th Avenue and 121st Street. Police officers along with police dog units rushed to the scene.
Police spoke to several witnesses who described hearing shots and observing vehicles driving away quickly from the area.
Checks of vehicles and residences in the area failed to locate anything that had been struck by a bullet. Witnesses indicated that a small newer grey import car and an unknown make dark coloured sedan were observed leaving the area shortly after the shots were heard.
While checking the area, a spent shell casing was located a short distance away from the intersection.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance and asking anyone that may have witnessed the shots being fired or observed the vehicles leaving from the area to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502 or to call CrimeStoppers.