“There are additional persons involved in this brazen shooting”
CHARGES have been laid in the September 18, 2020 shooting at Richmond’s Manzo Itamae Japanese Restaurant at 9020 Capstan Way, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced on Wednesday.
On Monday, November 15, 2021, 23-year-old Richard Charles Reed was charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of 44-year-old Jian Jun Zhu by the B.C. Prosecution Service. Five additional counts were laid against Reed.
On September 18, 2020, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Richmond RCMP responded to reports of gunshots at the Richmond restaurant. First responders found two men with gunshot wounds. One of the victims, Zhu, died the following day at the hospital. The second victim was transported to hospital and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Zhu was known to police but is not connected to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.
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IHIT investigators conducted an extensive 14-month investigation with the assistance of Richmond RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), and various E Division Headquarters specialized units.
No further details surrounding Reed’s involvement will be released as the matter will be proceeding in court, IHIT said.
“Although charges were laid, this investigation continues,” said IHIT Sgt. David Lee. “There are additional persons involved in this brazen shooting. Homicide investigators are still investigating and will seek out and arrest all those who are responsible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at [email protected].