Shortly after 8:30 p.m, on Tuesday, April 16, Manoj Kumar, a 30-year-old Vancouver resident, was shot and killed while sitting in a car in the area of West 4th Avenue and Burrard Street.
Vancouver Police said last week that based on the circumstances surrounding the shooting, this appeared to have been a targeted homicide. Constable Jason Doucette added: “Although it’s very early in the investigation and we are still working to identify a motive, I can confirm that Mr. Kumar was not known to police and does not have any obvious connections to a criminal lifestyle.”
Homicide investigators have seized a white Dodge Durango, which was found around midnight on the evening of the shooting, near West 22nd Avenue at Yew Street. The vehicle had been set on fire. The Durango had an older style roof rack, which can be seen in the attached photo from a surveillance camera.
Detectives believe that this white Dodge Durango is linked to the shooting and are appealing to anyone with dash-cam video from the evening of the shooting to call police.
Investigators are specifically interested in hearing from anyone with dash-cam who may have been driving in the Kitsilano and Arbutus areas on Tuesday, April 16 between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
“We are asking anyone with dash-cam to contact the VPD Homicide Unit as soon as possible as the video could be overwritten”, said Sgt. Jason Robillard on Monday. “Even the smallest piece of information can be crucial to the investigation.”
Anyone with dash-cam footage or any information about this homicide is asked to call the Vancouver Police Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.