Recently, Chief Bob Rich authored a letter to the parents of the young men involved in the conflict. The letter is an earnest attempt to change the direction of the conflict and the lives of those involved. They shared this letter with the media and the public with the hope that it again informs citizens on what the APD is doing and becomes a catalyst for others to be part of the positive change that is so desperately needed.
By CHERYL CHAN & DAN FUMANO
Cops are investigating a Saturday night shooting in Surrey that left one man dead and another in hospital.
Police responded to a report of shots fired shortly after 10:15 p.m. Saturday night in the 14300 block of 90A Avenue, according to a release from the Surrey RCMP. The officers who responded found two men in their late 20s suffering from gun shot wounds, and they were transported to hospital by ambulance. By Sunday morning, one of the men had died.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is investigating the incident, which they called a “targeted attack,” they announced via Twitter Sunday morning.
In a statement issued Sunday afternoon, IHIT spokeswoman Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound said: “While we believe this to be a targeted shooting, police are working on confirming the motive for this attack and finding who is responsible.”
Police were trying to complete next-of-kin notification before the identity of the deceased was released, the IHIT statement said.
One neighbour said her family heard shots ring out and saw a vehicle speeding away from the house next-door.
“We were terrified of what just happened,” said the woman who did not want her name published.
The two people injured could be seen at the driveway, she said. One of them lived in the house.
“We’ve seen some of them around,” she said, adding the family are nice people and respectful neighbours.
“It’s a really quiet peaceful neighbourhood. For something like that to happen, it’s uncommon,”
Another neighbour Jagjot Atwal wasn’t home when the shooting occurred. He said it was the first such incident in the neighbourhood in the five years he’s lived there.
Surrey has seen a rash of gun violence in 2016, with more than 45 shootings so far this year in the city.
Karen Reid Sidhu, executive director of the Surrey Crime Prevention Society, praised the work of local police, but said the country’s legal system seems to allow violent, dangerous offenders to keep returning to the streets after being caught and convicted in some cases.
“I think the RCMP and the city is doing a great job based on the resources they have available to them, and at this point, the RCMP have made many arrests related to the activity going on in the city,” said Reid Sidhu. “Sometimes it seems like individuals get out and they’re on probation, or they’re on bail, and they’ve been found with weapons, and it seems a little ironic that they’re getting out.”
“I think maybe our judicial system needs to be revisited,” she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-4448, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
RCMP investigating 3 shootings in past 3 days linked to what police call a new drug conflict in the city
Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner expressed her frustration about gun violence that has seen 31 shootings in her city this year, with three in the past three days.
“I am so angry this that this is happening again in my city,” she told media on Tuesday. “To be dealing with this again is unacceptable.”
Surrey RCMP is investigating three shootings over the past three days — the latest in a residential area in the middle of the afternoon.
Police say they believe the violence is linked to a new drug conflict.
“I want to call them punks,” said Hepner about some young, aggressive people she feels are holding her city hostage.
She said the vast majority of both the perpetrators and targets of the shootings have been young males of South Asian descent.
Hepner said that fact — along with the relatively young overall population of the city — makes Surrey especially vulnerable to gun violence, but that her city is not alone.
She defended her administration’s efforts to crack down on the violence after a similar spree hit Surrey last year. Hepner said there have been hundreds of arrests and charges brought forward since, breaking the back of the problem.
But “through the success of last year we have created a vacuum,” Hepner said.
Despite repeated questioning, the mayor was unable to offer assurance to residents that another cycle of violence won’t start up once the problem currently facing the city is brought under control.
Surrey RCMP Community Services Supt. Shawn Gill said a “strategic long term approach” to the violence is needed, one that involves multiple agencies, ranging from different police services to health agencies.
Gill said the spike in violence is recent and related to the drug trade.
But he also asked for the community’s patience with the RCMP. He said the force had been instrumental in bringing forward charges in other cases which resulted in widespread fear: the murder of Maple Batalia and the beating death of Julie Paskall.
In both those cases, Gill said police were ultimately able to get results.
Hepner said the city has put nearly 100 additional police officers on the street, and stepped up enforcement.
But she said she has also been speaking with the province’s Public Safety Minister with a view to toughening up enforcement.
She said there needs to be stiffer penalties for gunplay in city streets.
April 5, 2016
Mounties are investigating after someone opened fire on the Surrey detachment.
The RCMP said city workers noticed a hole in an exterior window at the detachment building at 104 Avenue and 148 Street Tuesday morning.
It was initially believed to have been caused by a rock, possibly one that had been tossed from a lawn mower, but officers eventually discovered a bullet lodged in the drywall behind the window.
Mounties are still working to determine when the shooting happened
By Kim Bolan
April 3, 2016
Surrey RCMP is confirming two more shootings this weekend, one leaving a man with serious injuries.
That makes 30 shootings so far this year, higher than the level in 2015.
The latest happened about 5:45 p.m. Sunday at the corner of 88th Avenue and 132 Street.
Two vehicles were at the intersection on a red light when the suspect vehicle opened fired on the victim vehicle.
“The suspect vehicle was last seen travelling south on 132 from 88 and the victim vehicle was last seen travelling north on 132 from 88,” S.Sgt. Dale Carr said in news release. “No injuries have been identified at the time of this release. The suspect vehicle was described as an SUV and the victim vehicle as a car.”
He said Surrey RCMP serious crime investigators are continuing to obtain information from several witnesses that were at or near the intersection.
And the Lower Mainland District Forensic Identification Section attended the scene and were able to gather several pieces of evidence that could advance this investigation, he said.
He said there are “no arrests or suspects at this time, unknown at this time if linked to any other shooting in recent history.”
The earlier shooting happened Saturday in the 12200-block of 92 Avenue just before 8 p.m.
S.Sgt. Blair McColl said a man “suffering from injuries was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The injury is not life threatening.”
He said investigators determined that a vehicle was seen fleeing the scene shortly afterward the shooting.
“There is no suspect vehicle description available at this time,” McColl said.
Research shows gang members are likely to die before age 30.
Always know where your kids are, what they are doing, and who they are with.
Explain to them that you are asking questions about their activities and whereabouts because you are interested, you love them, and you care about them.
Help your kids choose friends who are not involved in any criminal or antisocial activity.
Build strong family ties by making family events fun such as regular family dinners, outings, watching movies and playing games with them.
Accompany your kids to after school activities such as sports, and stay for the whole duration as often as possible.
Participate in parent-teacher meetings and events at your kids’ schools.
Take interest in your kids’ homework and make sure they complete it.
Encourage your kids to participate in school activities and do volunteer work in the community.
Do the same yourself.
Ensure that they take pride in their cultural/ethnic/religious/linguistic heritage while fully participating in the mainstream life of our society.
Have open communication with your kids so they feel comfortable to share with you their concerns and worries.
Thank them and reward them for sharing information, even when the information might be potentially worrisome.
Remember that kids learn a lot from observation. So modeling good behaviour yourself, such as leading a life that is free of crimes, drugs, and violence is very important.
Foster thankfulness in your kids by modeling thankfulness yourself for your own life situations and people in your life.
Remain consistent in your message to kids that although you love them unconditionally, antisocial behaviour is not acceptable. Ask questions for an honest conversation.
Emphasize the importance of ‘being true to self’ and reward them for doing the ‘right thing’ despite peer pressure.
Demonstrate that forgiving others for their harmful actions towards you is better than trying to take/plot revenge.
Keep an eye on your kids’ choice of movies, videos, and internet browsing habits. If you see a consistent theme of violence and crimes, talk to them and steer them to other entertainment choices.
Make your kids understand that although money is important, long lasting happiness in life comes from having good trusting relationships with family, friends, neighbours, and the community.
If you are worried that your kids may be involved in antisocial and/or self-destructive behavior, remember that it can be changed.
Avoid ‘tough love’ such as cutting them off or forbidding them from going out. Instead, stay involved and let your kids understand that making mistakes and wrong choices are part of learning and that you will always help them correct their mistakes.
When you are worried about your kids’ well-being and need some help, talk to their school teacher, counsellor, or even a police officer. An earlier check and prevention will help your kids stay on track and avoid getting into a dangerous life of crime, violence, and gangs.
The newcomers to a gang (most of them at the Dial-a-Doper level) are almost always led to believe they will make a lot of money—a claim that is 99% false.
Many end up poorer than when they started because they owe money to their gang (late payments, drug rips, fronting drugs).
Most gang members are low-level members who could earn more money by working at a fast food restaurant. Some may show off whenever they have money, but more often than not they are broke or in debt.
Many end up having to borrow or steal money from their family or sell their possessions just to pay off debts and that is often not enough, which results in gang members coming to the family’s home to extort or threaten parents or siblings.
They are often kidnapped, beaten, and tortured as a way of sending messages from one gang member to another.
They get robbed and beaten by customers.
They are targeted by the police and are likely to be arrested, have their property seized if it is used during the commission of a criminal offence, and a criminal record will prevent them from doing things like traveling outside Canada.
One of the most common reasons to quit is being tired of getting beat up.
Most youth gang members eventually quit their gang, but the longer they are involved, the harder it is to quit.
Below are facts based on extensive evidence compiled by police departments on their interactions with street level Dial-a-Dope involved youth.
Dial-a-Dopers are drawn to gang life by the prospect of making a great deal of money.
Dial-a-Dopers make very little money.
Dial-a-Dopers will front (provide without payment) drugs to their trusted customers.
Dial-a-Dopers are at risk of being ‘ripped off’ of their drugs.
Dial-a-Dopers are almost always held responsible for any losses.
Despite the strict control of the gang leader, it is common for Dial-a-Dopers to accumulate debts.
The gang leader will not always know who his Dial-a-Dopers are and the Dial-a-Dopers do not always know whom they are working for.
Dial-a-Dopers are not well protected by the gang leaders. Given the secrecy of gang life, the families of Dial-a-Dopers are not well-protected from any direct involvement in the transactions.
Dial-a-Dopers almost always have a valid driver’s license.
Most gangs do not give the Dial-aDopers access to stolen vehicles for transporting drugs.
Before being hired by a gang, Dial-a- Dopers do not need to show loyalty by stealing from a rival gang.
Despite their low level in the gang hierarchy, it is not easy for Dial-aDopers to leave the gang at any time.
BY JENNIFER SALTMAN,
A young man who was arrested during the investigation into a series of drug-related shootings in Surrey has pleaded guilty to a number of gun and drug charges.
Arman Singh Dhatt, 19, appeared in provincial court in Surrey on Tuesday morning to enter the pleas. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Dhatt pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking in a controlled substance, possessing a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, possessing a firearm with an altered serial number, possessing a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, possession for the purpose of trafficking and two breaches of an undertaking.
Most of the offences stem from a search warrant that was executed at his home in Delta on April 10, however the trafficking charge and one breach are from March 25.
Police seized guns, heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and Canadian cash during the search of Dhatt’s home.
Police said Dhatt and others came to their attention during their investigation into a large number of shootings that have taken place in Surrey since March.
The gunplay is related to a low-level drug turf war between two groups of dial-a-dopers. One group already has control of the drug trade in the Newton area, and another group is attempting a takeover.
The most recent shooting that police have confirmed is related to the dispute took place in September.
Harpreet Singh today pointed to new, additional steps a re-elected Conservative government will take to combat drug abuse and accused his opponents of supporting policies that would make drugs even more available in Canadian neighbourhoods.
“Drugs destroy lives, rob young people of their future and tear families apart,” said Harpreet Singh. “Justin Trudeau and the Liberals said they want marijuana available in corner stores and injection sites in more neighbourhoods.”
The Conservative government launched the National Anti-Drug Strategy in 2006 that contributes to safer communities by focusing on enforcement, prevention, and treatment.
“Our National Anti-Drug Strategy is working,” Harpreet Singh said. But there is much more that needs to be done to combat drug use, particularly among youth.”
To counter the damage caused in communities by drug abuse, a Conservative government would strengthen the National Anti-Drug Strategy by:
Supporting a national toll-free helpline where parents can get advice to help them recognize the signs of drug use and prevent their children from using drugs in the first place
- Implementing a 20-percent increase in funding for the RCMP’s Clandestine Laboratory teams to target the production of illegal drugs, including grow-ops and meth labs
- Renewing the mandate of the Mental Health Commission of Canada for 10 years, and updating it to focus on links between substance abuse and mental health.
“These steps will help protect children and our neighbourhoods from illegal drugs,” Harpreet Singh said. “We will also provide treatment support for those recovering from addiction problems.”
Harpreet Singh warned that the Liberals and NDP would follow a different approach, including rolling back the government’s Respect For Communities Act, which gives police, families and residents a say whenever there is a proposal to open a drug injection site.
“Justin Trudeau and the Liberals refuse to acknowledge the damage that drugs do to families and communities,” Harpreet SIngh said. “Justin wants to make smoking marijuana normal, everyday activity for Canadians and allow the sale of marijuana in corner stores. Justin has also said, “I certainly want to see more safe injection sites opened around the country”.”
“Thomas Mulcair’s NDP supports dangerous policies that will encourage illegal drug use and increase the health, crime and community safety problems that come with it,” Harpreet Singh. “The NDP “proudly” supports heroin injection sites and welcomes their establishment in more neighbourhoods across the country.”
“Unlike the other parties, we will not give up on treating addicts or introduce reckless policies that would encourage the use of illegal drugs,” said Harpreet Singh.