Overnight shooting in Abbotsford a targeted event

Abbotsford: On August 18, 2016 just after 9:00 pm, the Abbotsford Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the 3100 block of Crown Court, Abbotsford.  Upon police attendance, a male victim was located who had suffered gunshot wounds.

Police performed first aid on the male victim until members of the BC Ambulance Service attended and took over the victim’s treatment.  The victim was transported to hospital but succumbed to his injuries just before 10:00 pm, and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called to take conduct of the investigation.

IHIT investigators are working closely with the Abbotsford Police Department, the APD forensics unit, the Coroner’s Service to examine the evidence collected, and to ensure a thorough investigation is completed and that nothing is overlooked.  The 3100 block of Crown Court will be cordoned off for undetermined amount of time.

The investigation is in its infancy but from the evidence gathered so far, the homicide appears to be a targeted shooting and not a random act of violence.  The male victim is known to police, but the next of kin has not been notified and the victim’s name cannot be released.

Cpl. Meghan FOSTER of IHIT says, “It’s too early to tell if the homicide is linked to an ongoing conflict, but those who chose to engage in a criminal lifestyle should be aware that they are not immune to the dangers and risk associated to it.”

IHIT is asking anyone with information to contact the IHIT Tipline at 1-877-551-4448, or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers.