The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says that Surrey’s deadly shooting “is believed to be a targeted incident and associated to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.”
A 22-year-old man is dead after being shot in Surrey and Surrey Mayor McCallum says that “this latest incident of deadly gun violence further emphasizes the need for the City of Surrey to have its own city police force.”
On Friday (November 9) just before 1:30 a.m., Surrey RCMP was called to the 14200-block of 70A Avenue after receiving a report of an individual who was on the ground outside of a residence. Police found an adult male victim who was dead. Preliminary information indicated that the male had been shot.
The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned off for a significant amount of time. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP. Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase.
McCallum said: “This morning’s tragic shooting outside of a home in Newton is yet another example of the ongoing trauma and fear that are being inflicted on the communities, residents and families of Surrey.”
He added: “The people of Surrey have been abundantly clear that such a move is a top priority, which is why Council and I have moved immediately to establish a Surrey Police Department and terminate the city’s contract with the RCMP.
“While Surrey City Council is moving rapidly on this front, I am dismayed by the resistance that is being encountered at the Provincial level. The overwhelming mandate that we have been given by the people is to complete the transition to a Surrey Police Department as quickly as possible. I want to urge the Premier to remove any road blocks at the Provincial level and help us make this critical transition proceed in the most timely and smooth manner possible for the people of Surrey.”
Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email IHIT at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).