Is Surrey becoming a capital of crime? Five targeted shootings in last two days

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Statement from Officer in Charge regarding shooting investigations

Over the past two days Surrey has experienced 5 shootings and 1 male from Langley was found with injuries sustained from an unrelated shooting on the Surrey/Langley border.
These incidents are of great concern and I want to assure the public that we are actively investigating each of these files. The 6 occurrences resulted in 3 injured males who all attended hospital and have since been released. The victims have been primarily uncooperative with police.
This morning a briefing was held with our investigative units as well as other partner agencies. At this point, we believe that all 6 of these shootings were targeted, and 4 are related. The most recent shooting on a residence last night and the Langley male that was shot are not believed to be connected to the first 4 shootings.
The 4 related shootings involve people who are involved in low level drug crime. From the intelligence that has been gathered so far, there is nothing to indicate that these incidents are tied to organized gangs. However, these people are clearly violent and have shown a complete disregard for public safety.
This is a critical time in our investigation and we are asking anyone with information on any of these events to contact the Surrey RCMP or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous.
Specifically, our investigators are
interested in knowing more about the activities of 5 males who are believed to be involved in the 4 related shootings:
• Pardip BRAR (Delta resident, age 20)
• Indervir JOHAL (Surrey resident, age 21)
• Amrit KULAR (Surrey resident, age 20)
• Pardeep SINGH (Surrey resident, age 20)
• Sameh MOHAMMED (Surrey resident, age 20)
All 5 of these individuals are known to police.
In addition, we are looking for 3 vehicles that are believed to be associated to the males and shootings:
• Grey Volkswagon PASSAT or JETTA
• Black ACURA TL
• White sports utility vehicle
While we have engaged other law enforcement partners as we typically do during investigations like these, the Surrey RCMP have retained carriage of these investigations. I will reiterate that, at this point, we do not believe that any of these events are tied to high level gang activity.
For those involved in these shootings or people who know them – I ask you to think about the safety of your family, friends and the general public. The manner that you have chosen to resolve this dispute is careless and unacceptable.

For the citizens of Surrey, I offer you my commitment that we are working extremely hard on all of these events – not only to solve the cases that have occurred but to safeguard against any further incidents.
-Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy
Timeline:
• On March 10 at approximately 4:00AM Surrey RCMP were advised that a male had been dropped off at a local hospital suffering of gunshot injuries. Police attended the hospital and obtained the victims details but were unable to identify the origin of the man’s injuries. The 20 year old man was treated and released from hospital.
• On March 10, at 6:45PM Surrey RCMP was advised by BC Ambulance Service that they were on route to a shooting with a male victim in the area of 127th Street and 78 Avenue. The victim, a 20 year-old Surrey man, was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The male has since been released from hospital.
• On March 10, at 11:00PM Surrey RCMP received several reports of gunshots heard in the area of 128 Street and 76 Avenue. Police immediately attended the area but all parties had departed. Police were told by witnesses that 4 dark colored vehicles were seen departing the area at a high rate of speed immediately after the sounds of gunshots. Police were able to recover some evidence from this location.
• March 11 at 1:30PM Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a white SUV type vehicle that was seen chasing a black Acrua at a high rate of speed and once in the area of 132 Street and 80th Avenue the occupants of the white SUV shot at the black Acura. Both vehicles fled the area immediately. Police recovered shell casing from this area.
• On March 11 at approximately 11:50PM Surrey RCMP responded to a call regarding a male with a gunshot injury in the area of 193 Street and 80th Avenue. That male was transported to hospital to be treated for his injuries. The male was identified as a 28 year old Langley man. It has not been determined as to where that shooting took place. This incident appears to be drug related and targeted.
• On March 12 at approximately 3:30AM Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired at a residence in the area of 94 Avenue and 126 Street. Once police arrived all parties had departed, there have been no reports of injuries related to this shooting. Police do not feel this instance is related to the shootings for the 10th of March. Police have recovered evidence related to shots being fired from the area.

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA TO MARK THE CELEBRATION OF HOLI

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the celebration of Holi:

“Laureen and I would like to extend our best wishes to all those celebrating the Hindu spring festival of Holi, both in Canada and around the world.

“Originally celebrated as an agricultural festival in India hundreds of years ago to mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring, Holi brings together family and friends to celebrate peace and friendship, and look forward to new beginnings with optimism and joy.

“Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, is celebrated with many ancient festive traditions that include lighting of bonfires on the festival eve; singing, dancing and gift-giving; sharing of festive meals; and throwing bright-coloured powder and water dyes onto one another to celebrate and welcome spring.

“This festival serves as an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the tremendous contributions of Canada’s dynamic Hindu community to building a peaceful, pluralistic and prosperous country, and to learn more about Hindu culture and traditions.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I wish everyone celebrating a happy, fun-filled and colourful Holi.”

2015 Surrey Women in Business Winners Announced

Surrey:The Surrey Board of Trade hosted the 6th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Lunch, with Presenting Sponsor Vancity credit union. The sold-out event recognized the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey.

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Minister Kenney issues statement to mark Holi

Ottawa, March 6, 2015 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement marking Holi:

“Known as the Festival of Colours, and the Festival of Love, Holi is a joyous spring celebration of the Hindu faith. In recent years, it has grown to be popular among non-Hindus in Canada and around the world. Holi’s message of peace and camaraderie brings together people from different faiths and cultural communities.

“Holi was first celebrated as an agricultural festival centuries ago to bid farewell to winter and to welcome the season of rebirth and rejuvenation that is spring. Some of the customs of Holi include personal reflection, where people strive to resolve past disputes and work to repair and strengthen relationships.

“The Festival signifies victory of good over evil and many events have a playful nature. From the traditional Holika bonfire on the eve of Holi to the boisterous “water fights”, where participants throw water and coloured powder on each other, the celebrations take on a carnival atmosphere.

“For all Canadians, Holi is an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous contributions that Hindus have made to our country’s rich and diverse heritage.

“As Minister for Multiculturalism, I wish everyone a joyful and fun-filled Holi.

 

“Holi Hai!”

Surrey’s Major Annual City Events

Surrey hosts 5 major special events annually: Party for the Planet, Surrey International Children’s Festival, Canada Day, Fusion Festival and the Tree Lighting Festival.

2015 Events

Party for the Planet
Surrey Celebrates Earth Day

April 26, 2015
Party for the Planet

Surrey’s Party for the Planet is one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in BC and it’s free!  Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness for the Earth’s natural environment and Surrey has a lot to be inspired by. There will be something “green” for everyone at this event. Also, join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of New City Hall at this year’s Party for the Planet.

Surrey International Children’s Festival
Arts Festival for Children aged 0 – 12

May 21-23, 2015
Surrey International Children’s Festival

The 10th Annual Surrey International Children’s Festival inspires young hearts and minds to the greater possibilities and celebrates our rich and diverse cultural heritage though performing and visual arts experience.

Children have an incredibly rich arts experience as they take part in the many hands-on activities on site, led by professional artists. The ticketed programming is a national and international selection of the highest calibre of performances for young audiences, bringing inspiration and awe to the residents of Surrey and the surrounding areas.

Surrey Canada Day
Western Canada’s Biggest Canada Celebration

July 1, 2015
Surrey Canada Day

Over 100,000 people celebrate Canada’s birthday in Surrey at this free, family festival complete with live entertainment, the Shooting Stars Midway, great food, and plenty of interactive activities for all ages.

Past headliners include: Platinum Blonde, Sloan, Colin James, 54-40, Loverboy, Trooper, Lisa Brokop, Honeymoon Suite, Kim Mitchell, Bif Naked, Ian Tyson, ODDS, Stereos, Dragonette, Dan Mangan, You Say Party!, Charlotte Diamond, Bobs and Lolo, Elise Estrada, En Karma, Jessie Farrell, Ridely Bent, and many more. Stay until the end and experience the Fireworks Finale.

Surrey Fusion Festival
The Ultimate Celebration of Music, Food, and Culture

Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19, 2015

Surrey Fusion Festival

Surrey Fusion Festival features 70 performances on 4 stages over 2 days. This free family event features past performances by K-OS, TOIFA Bollywood Remix, Jim Byrnes, Stephen Fearing, The Zolas, Jay Sean, Bedouin Soundclash, Arrested Development, Joel Plaskett, Jully Black, Jazzy B, Lehmber Hussainpuri, KS Makhan, Pavlo-Emmitt-Lopez, Said the Whale, En Karma, Alex Cuba, and Grapes of Wrath.

While at Holland Park, visit over 30 cultural pavilions and experience cuisine from around the world.  Check out the Flavours of Surrey and celebrity chefs on the Safeway Cooking Stage.

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

November 21, 2015
Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

Join Mayor and Council along with Frosty and Santa as they flip the switch to light the City’s official Christmas tree and kick off the holiday season in Surrey at this free family event. Free concerts, sleigh rides, food and fun activities all day long.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/9144.aspx#sthash.PEIPnGy5.dpuf

Upcoming Community Events

Monthly Birding Walks

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  • September 20, 2014 – May 16, 2015
  • Join a local naturalist for a series of free monthly walks to discover Surrey’s birds!

Thursday Artist Talk: Lori Goldberg

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  • March 5, 2015
  • East Vancouver visual and mixed media artist Lori Goldberg shares her experiences of how life informs her art and how art informs her life.

The Wizard Of Oz

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  • March 6 – 7, 2015
  • Spend time with your kids and see this well-loved story brought to life!

Surrey Shines 2015

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  • March 7, 2015
  • Watch music, singing and dance performances by youth in Surrey!

I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff!

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  • March 9, 2015
  • A “herlarious” evening of hoopla!

Transit Vote Surrey: Rapid Transit For Rapid Growth

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  • March 9, 2015
  • Carbon Talks and Moving in a Livable Region is hosting a free public dialogue on Mar. 9 at SFU Surrey on how better transportation can impact Surrey.

Classic Tale Time Travelers

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  • March 10 – 19, 2015
  • Travel back in time with vintage children’s books in the Stewart Farm’s Spring Break day camps.

Kwantlen EcoDays Fair

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  • March 10, 2015
  • Visit us at the Kwantlen ecoDays fair happening at the Surrey campus.

Museum Spring Break Drop-In

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  • March 10 – 20, 2015
  • Families voyage into deep space to explore the mysteries of the galaxy through games and crafts.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/6138.aspx#sthash.ocxl8NM2.dpuf