Riyad Rasheed, 29, was Surrey homicide victim in Lower Mainland gang conflict

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) on Monday that Riyad Rasheed, 29, was Sunday night’s homicide victim in Surrey.

He was known to police and his murder is believed to have been a targeted incident with links to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

IHIT is calling on the public to help further its investigation into his shooting death of at a Surrey commercial plaza.

On November 29 at 7:41 p.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to numerous calls of shots fired outside a Shopper’s Drug Mart near 152nd Street and Fraser Highway. Officers arrived to find Rasheed with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at scene. A dark colored sedan left the area immediately following the shooting.

At 9 p.m., the Richmond RCMP received a report of a vehicle fire near Cambie and No 7 roads. This vehicle is believed to be the suspect vehicle from the earlier shooting in Surrey. Anyone with dash cam video who was near the areas of the shooting in Surrey and the car fire in Richmond is asked to call IHIT immediately.

One media report said that Rasheed played with the Fijian Soccer League of Greater Vancouver and even tried out for the Fiji national soccer team.

IHIT is currently working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Richmond RCMP, the Lower Mainland I-Teams and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

“This was a brazen shooting in a commercial plaza with numerous members of the public in the area at the time of the incident,” said IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang. “The perpetrators of this violence need to be held to account. They will now be targeted for prosecution.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).