A man attacked near the Abbotsford Auto Mall Thursday was Red Scorpion gang leader Matt Campbell who later died in hospital from the injuries.
According to Vancouver Sun, Campbell was the victim of the attack just before 3:45 p.m. in the 30100-block of Automall Drive.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the Abbotsford Police Department are searching for a suspect.
Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said the victim entered one of the businesses “with a severe injury to his neck.”
“Medical resources were deployed to assist the man and APD members began investigating and gathering evidence,” MacDonald said.
He said he couldn’t confirm initial reports the victim was stabbed.
Campbell is believed to have taken over the leadership of the Red Scorpion gang after the arrest or murders of several key gang members in recent years, including brothers Jonathan, Jarrod and Jamie Bacon.
Campbell attended a funeral service for Jonathan in Langley in August 2011 after the eldest Bacon brother was shot to death in Kelowna.
Campbell, 31, was convicted of conspiring to traffic firearms in 2007 and received a two-year sentence. During the investigation, more than 100 guns were seized, including military assault rifles, sub machine guns and fully automatic handguns.
Campbell, who grew up in Abbotsford, was extremely close to the Bacon brothers.
He travelled with other Red Scorpions gangsters and their girlfriends to Mexico in December 2007, just weeks after the Surrey Six slayings. Also on the trip were Jamie Bacon, Cody Haevischer, and a man who can be identified only as Person X due to a court-ordered ban, all of whom were later charged in the high-profile murder case.
Person X has since pleaded guilty. Haevischer is currently on trial.
And Bacon is due to be tried separately at a later date.
Also on the Mexico trip were Jon Bacon and the late Kevin LeClair, who died in a hail of bullets in February 2009.
According to evidence at the Surrey Six trial, the Red Scorpion gang was formed in 2005 by several teens inside a youth detention centre.
The Red Scorpions went on to run drug lines all over the Lower Mainland, with the Bacon brothers and their allies joining the gang in 2007.
A bloody gang war involving the Red Scorpions and their rivals from the United Nations and other groups has left dozens of people dead