THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its investigation into the shooting death of 43-year-old Karmjit Sran in Abbotsford.
On July 10 at 7:49 p.m., the Abbotsford Police Department received reports of shots fired at a residence in the 2700-block of Lucern Crescent. Officers arrived to find Sran with gunshot wounds. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at scene. IHIT was called out to take conduct of the investigation.
IHIT said it is currently working closely with its partners from the Abbotsford Police Department and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.
Investigators are asking for dash cam video from drivers who travelled along the following routes in Abbotsford between 7 and 8:30 p.m. on the evening of July 10:
* On Taylor Road between Mount Lehman Road and Ross Road
* Ross Road to 56th Avenue
* 56th Avenue (becomes 58th Avenue) to the 264th Street exit in Langley
“In these early stages of the investigation, we know that the victim was known to police and that this shooting has all the hallmarks of a targeted hit,” said IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang. “We are working hard to determine motive.”
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).
THE Abbotsford News had reported on July 18, 2019, that “Abbotsford alleged crime boss” Karmjit “Jazzy” Sran, who had been in prison since April last year awaiting an extradition hearing related to a drug-smuggling case had his application for interim release denied by B.C. Supreme Court.
According to court documents, a driver was arrested in November 2013 at the Sumas, Washington border crossing after 19 kilograms of cocaine was found in his truck. He later started cooperating with U.S, investigators. He said he was working for two organizations, one of which had a boss he knew as “Jazzy.”
Sran, who was working in the construction industry, went by the names of Jazzy or Jessi.
The witness introduced Jazzy to a U.S. Homeland Security agent who was working undercover as a drug trafficker and the two had had four face-to-face meetings in February and March of 2014 where they discussed the purchase and smuggling of cocaine into Canada from the United States, according to court documents.
There were three transactions of supposed cocaine of 19, 12 and 10 kilograms with a total street value of around $2 million. The “cocaine” consisted of both fake and real cocaine.
The U.S requested Sran’s extradition. An extradition warrant was issued in April 2019 and Sran was arrested.
Sran’s lawyer suggested that there was no evidence that his client had been involved in any criminal activity since 2014.
But Justice Jennifer Power said she believed Sran had access to large sums of money and posed a flight risk, according to court documents.
It is not clear when Sran was granted release from prison.