Wednesday night shooting in Surrey not related to gang conflict or drug trafficking

But Surrey RCMP say they have some theories about the motive


SURREY RCMP say that a shooting that took place on Wednesday night in the City Centre area is not related to gang conflict or drug trafficking according to early indications.
The male victim is South Asian, according to the victim’s cousin who suggested to the media that it was probably a case of mistaken identity.
Cpl. Elenore Sturko told The VOICE: “We have some theories that would have led to the incident, but at this time we are still investigating. … It wasn’t a road rage and we do not believe it is linked to drugs or gangs.”
Investigators believe this to be a targeted and isolated incident.
On January 9, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Surrey RCMP frontline officers responded to a report of a shooting at a townhouse complex in the 9500-block of Prince Charles Boulevard. Police received information that a 17-year-old male had been shot and transported to the hospital.
Investigators located evidence consistent with shots being fired as well as a motor vehicle collision. They believe a light-coloured Jeep Wrangler drove into a grey Toyota Sienna and then the driver of the jeep fired into the Sienna. Both vehicles then quickly left the area.
The Sienna attended Surrey Memorial Hospital as a passenger, a 17-year-old male, had serious but non-life threatening injuries from the shooting.
Shortly after the shooting, officers from the Metro Vancouver Transit Police located the suspect vehicle and took the driver into custody.
Both vehicles have been seized as part of the investigation.
Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit now has conduct of the investigation, the driver remains in custody.
Anyone who witnessed this occurrence or has information or dash-cam video is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or