ASSISTANT Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer in Charge, Surrey RCMP, on Friday issued the following statement following sentencing in an attempted murder case:
TODAY, sentencing was concluded for a 2016 shots fired investigation with Saeed Rana receiving 12 years in prison. Last November, John Cullen received a 10-year sentence for attempted murder on this file. The third accused cannot be named due to a publication ban. I would like to express my appreciation to the victim’s family, our city’s residents, BC Prosecution Service, and the many investigators that were involved in this case.
On the afternoon of April 4, 2016, Surrey RCMP responded to shots fired incident in the area of 86 A Avenue and 140th Street. Officers located a male suffering from a single gunshot wound [and he] was transported to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
What followed was an intense and far-ranging investigation that involved a joint forces operation with the Surrey RCMP, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC), Integrated Homicide Investigations Team (IHIT) and BC RCMP, as well as assistance from other police agencies across the country.
As the investigation unfolded, it became clear that the victim was mistakenly identified by rival drug trafficking groups. This further compounds the senseless nature of this type of violence.
Following countless hours of intelligence and evidence gathering, we were collectively able to identify, track, and arrest three people who were later charged.
This investigation is a reminder of the skill, complexity, and time required to build a case and obtain the proper evidence needed for a successful prosecution. I am proud of all who were involved in this file and grateful to our policing partners for their support and assistance.
The Lower Mainland Gang Conflict remains our top priority. As history has shown us, the end result for individuals involved in the drug trade is almost always the same – an untimely death or prison.
Ultimately, as a community, we need to use education and early intervention to prevent these type of incidents from happening in the first place. Over the past three years, the Surrey RCMP has worked diligently to enhance our efforts in these areas with new gang prevention programs, increased engagement with youth, and more supports for parents.