THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) on Thursday identified the homicide victim of the Tuesday shooting at a gas station in Langley as Amanjot Singh Hans, 31, of Surrey to further their investigation.
Investigators believe his murder was targeted.
“We are releasing Mr. Hans’ name in an effort to determine his activities and who he may have had contact with prior to his death,” said IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang. “We urge anyone with information to please come forward.”
IHIT said it continues to work closely with its partners from the Langley RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service on the case.
On May 15 at 9 p.m., Langley RCMP received several calls about a shooting in the parking lot of a gas station at 232nd Street and 72nd Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds on the ground. The victim was transported to hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
Soon after the shooting, the Langley RCMP was notified of a burning dark-coloured Dodge pickup truck in the 8300-block of 196th Street. Investigators say they would like to speak with anyone that has information about this vehicle.
Investigators are still seeking dash cam video from drivers who were travelling along 72nd Avenue between 232nd Street and Highway 10 from around 8 to 9:30 p.m. on May 15.
Investigators would also like to speak with anyone who has information about the Dodge pickup truck that was found burning at about 9:20 p.m. that day.
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).
INCIDENTALLY, Hans’ older brother, Harkinder (Hark) Singh Hans, 28, of Surrey, was killed outside the Eagle Quest Golf Course in the 7900 block of 152nd Street on March 19, 2008, was one of the 20 Lower Mainland residents and two companies against whom ICBC filed a civil action for their alleged involvement in the theft of and / or use of stolen vehicles.
At the time, Surrey RCMP Sgt. Roger Morrow said: “While police are ‘aware’ of this individual, investigators cannot confirm any involvement in the drug trade nor affiliation with any gang.”
The VOICE reported at the time: “The ICBC case included a total of seven stolen vehicle claims from 2002 until 2003 and ICBC was seeking to recover approximately $300,000, the cost paid out for the allegedly stolen vehicles plus the cost to investigate the claims, legal fees and punitive damages.
“According to the action filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the vehicles were reported stolen in B.C., then forged Alberta registration documents were created using a different Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). It is alleged that the vehicles were then registered in B.C. using the forged registration documents to create a new identity for the vehicles. The scheme gave the appearance that these vehicles were imported from Alberta. The vehicles were then transferred one or more times to the various defendants named in this civil action.
“A number of Indo-Canadian gangsters were named in the civil suit.”