Vikram Toor and Ashim Raza killed in Friday-night shooting in Surrey

By GLENDA LUYMES

Two young men are dead after a shooting Friday evening in Surrey.

Police were called to 159th Street and 110th Avenue just before 7:30 p.m. and found 19-year-old Ashim Raza and 24-year-old Vikram Toor suffering from gunshot wounds. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital, where he later died.

According to a homicide team press release, investigators believe the shooting was independent from the gangland violence that has rocked the Lower Mainland in recent weeks.

Two men were shot while inside a car near the intersection of 159 St. and 110 Ave. on Friday night in Surrey.

“It is early in the investigation, but police are making every effort to establish the motive for the shooting,” said Cpl. Meghan Foster. “We ask that the public exercise vigilance, while we work to find justice for our victims and their families.”

The shooting happened in Fraser Heights, a quiet, family-oriented neighbourhood north of Highway 1, near an elementary school, playground and sports fields.

Photos from the scene show what appears to be a body covered by a yellow tarp hanging out of a vehicle with a window blown out. A box of firecrackers appears to be resting beside the car.

The homicide happened hours after the province’s public safety minister Mike Morris made a statement reassuring the public that police are working tirelessly to try to put an end to a recent string of gang-related violence.

Police have linked two killings and several shootings this month to gang involvement.

There have been 56 shootings in Surrey so far this year.

Surrey RCMP investigate shots fired

Surrey RCMP is investigating the shooting scene in the 14300 block of 90A Avenue for a report of shots fired on Saturday.

At approximately 10:19 pm on July 23, 2016, Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 14300 block of 90A Avenue. Officers attended and located two victims suffering from gun shot wounds who have been transported for medical treatment.

Officers are on scene conducting neighbourhood canvassing and speaking to witnesses to obtain further information regarding this incident.

This investigation is still in its very early stages.

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2016-105628

APD Investigating Shooting

Abbotsford: bPolice in Abbotsford responded to shooting on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2:10 am in the area of  Blue Jay Street and Cardinal Avenue.  Several  911 calls reported both shots fired and a single vehicle crash.  APD Patrol Division officers and Emergency Response Team members arrived on scene and located a 23-year-old man inside a Cadillac Escalade with gunshot wounds.  The man was transported to hospital where he remains and is receiving treatment for serious injuries.  The vehicle he was driving collided with a power pole and went off the roadway prior to police arrival.

APD Major Crime detectives, Forensic Identification Unit members, Collision Reconstructionists and Patrol Division members continue to investigate and roads in the area will be closed for several hours. The public is being asked to use alternate routes.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text us at 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at

1-800-222-8477.

RCMP investigating another shooting in Surrey

Surrey RCMP are investigating after shots were fired in Newton Monday night.

Mounties were called to the 12800-block of 60 Avenue in Surrey at around 8 p.m. Officers found evidence of gunfire in the area. There were no reported injuries.

RCMP say eyewitnesses reported two vehicles leaving the scene soon after shots rang out. Descriptions of the vehicles have not yet been confirmed.

Traffic was closed around 128 Street and 60 Avenue for a few hours while police examined the site for evidence and interviewed witnesses.

This is the most recent case of gun violence in Surrey, which this year had recorded 39 shots-fired incidents by mid-May.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Surrey RCMP investigating 34th shooting

by Tom Zytaruk – Surrey Now

SURREY/DELTA —  A man was injured from shattered glass after bullets hit the car he was in Monday night during Surrey’s 34th shooting of the year.

It happened at about 7:45 p.m., in the 7200-block of 152nd Street. Two cars were involved. “The suspect vehicle was seen fleeing from the scene shortly after the incident,” Surrey RCMP Sgt. Joe Johal said.

A white Chrysler 300 with bullet holes in it was found on 152nd Street and Highway 10 a short thereafter and the man with glass cuts was handcuffed and put in an  ambulance.

Police taped off a little strip mall at 72nd Avenue and 152nd Street for a few hours while they gathered evidence.

The Surrey RCMP has not revealed a motive for the shooting.

Meanwhile, Delta Police say the April 28 drive-by shooting in North Delta wasn’t connected with Surrey’s rash of shootings but resulted from a dispute between teenagers over property.

This was the first confirmed shooting in Delta since May 2015. Police say some of Surrey’s 34 shootings were over drug trafficking territory.

Delta’s shooting was not over drugs, Sgt. Sarah Swallow said. Police arrested two 19-year-old Delta men after shots were fired at a house and vehicle in North Delta on April 28. Both have been released from custody and are to appear in Surrey provincial court next month on charges of careless use of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of stolen property. Their names have not been released as the charges haven’t been formally sworn.

“A firearm was seized from the residence of one of the arrested males,” Swallow said. ‘Delta Police will continue to work with the families and community to address the background issues culminating in this incident.

“Subsequent to the initial investigation, Delta Police investigators now do not believe this shooting is related to the current situation occurring in Surrey, and that this incident is the result of an escalating personal property issue between teenagers.”

That said, she added that police are still taking this case very seriously.

Police were called to the 8500-block of 114th Street at about 8:30 p.m  April 27  in response to a call about shots being fired in the area but found no evidence. A white Chrysler 300, a gold coloured Honda and a white Lincoln were scene leaving the area, Swallow said.

Then, at 12:20 a.m. Delta Police responded to a second report of shots fired, this time in the 7700-block of 117th Street.

“On arrival, officers located a residence and vehicle that had been shot,” Swallow said. “No one in the residence or surrounding area was injured.”

Police found a gold coloured Honda they suspect was involved in the shooting and the two men were arrested.

“Unfortunately, the residents of the targeted house are uncooperative with the police investigation,” Swallow said.

Meantime, Delta Police Department has unleashed a dedicated crime-fighting squad onto the municipality’s streets. The DART, or Direct Action and Response Team, is a four-officer uniformed squad aimed at tackling emerging crime trends. It is active in this shooting case.

“Our major crime section started the investigation and the DART team will be continuing with it,” Swallow said.

“Their primary focus is on crime hot spots. Anything we see a spike in.”

Team leader Sgt. Mo Parry and constables Chris Cottrill, Lindsay Hallman and Ryan Lovera are working flexible shifts, keeping an eye on chronic offenders and “proactively targeting increases in crime through creative problem solving and direct targeting of identified activities and criminal individuals.”

Parry noted that officers on patrol traditionally respond to all calls for help with traffic usually their main focus “with trends and hot spots as a secondary function of their work when time allows.”

The DART project, he noted, will see the squad “effectively problem solve and target any such activities or hotspots the moment they become apparent.”

DART first hit the streets on March 30.

Surrey shootings: Mayor Linda Hepner ‘angry’ about recent violence

RCMP investigating 3 shootings in past 3 days linked to what police call a new drug conflict in the city

 

CBC News

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.

Young ‘punks’

“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.

Man shot near Bear Creek Park in Surrey’s 31st shooting of 2016

By Amy Reid – Surrey Now

NEWTON — A man was sent to hospital after a car was shot up near Bear Creek Park Monday afternoon as Surrey’s relentless shooting spree continues.

Surrey has recorded 31 shootings this year so far. This is the third shooting in just three days.

Police were on scene at 86A Avenue and 140th Street at about 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon after reports of shots being fired. A black BMW at the scene had its window shot out.

Police say a man who appears to have been shot was found at the scene and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police have no suspects at this time and believe this was a targeted incident.

On Sunday, just before 6 p.m., gunfire rang out at the corner of 88th Avenue and 132nd Street. Surrey RCMP believes two vehicles were stopped at a red light when someone in an SUV fired multiple shots at a car. Police say the suspect’s vehicle was last seen travelling south on 132nd Street from 88th Avenue.

No injuries have been reported. Police say they have no suspects and have made no arrests and don’t know if these latest shootings are linked to the others.

Before that, on Saturday at about 8 p.m., Surrey RCMP received several reports of shots being fired in the 12200-block of 92nd Avenue, near Kirkbride Elementary. Police say a man was shot but he is expected to survive. A vehicle was seen driving away from the area but police do not have a description of it.

On Friday, Surrey RCMP revealed a jaw-dropping 28 “shots-fired incidents” since Jan. 1. That’s half of last year’s entire tally in the first three months of 2016.

During Friday’s press conference, Supt. Manny Mann said the increase in gunfire is “understandably causing concern for the public and the police.”

Police say most are related to the drug trade and a handful of the 30 incidents are believed to be connected to a new drug war different from last year’s dial-a-dope turf war.

There has so far been three arrests related to the incidents. Police haven’t put a name to the two new groups but characterized them as low-level players.

Mann appealed to people with information to “do the right thing” and call police.

More action needed to combat gun violence: Surrey MLA

BY KIM BOLAN, VANCOUVER SUN

As Opposition MLAs grilled B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Morris in question period Monday about escalating gun violence, Surrey RCMP was responding to the 31st shooting of 2016.

And Burnaby RCMP announced that homicide investigators were being called in after the body of a shooting victim was discovered on Byrne Creek Trail.

Surrey MLA Bruce Ralston said police are not doing enough to tackle the violence, which is linked to Metro Vancouver’s drug trade.

“They are not solving these cases. The violence is accelerating,” Ralston said in an interview. “That’s what people are really worried about. It’s not just a low-level background noise. It is a major ongoing threat to public safety in neighbourhoods in Surrey and in Burnaby, for that matter.”

Since senior Surrey Mounties told reporters Friday that they had implemented successful strategies to combat the violence, there have been three more incidents of public gunplay.

The latest came just before 2 p.m. Monday near 86th Avenue and 140th Street.

Cpl. Scotty Schumann said officers responded to 911 calls and found “evidence of shots being fired in the area and a male suffering from a gunshot wound.”

“The male was taken to local hospital with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries,” Schmumann said. “Initial indications are that this is a targeted incident.”

The Monday shooting follows two others over the weekend, one of which left a man with serious injuries.

There were 60 shootings in Surrey in all of 2015.

Meanwhile the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called to the 7300-block of Sandborne Avenue in Burnaby after a body was found Monday.

Burnaby RCMP said officers responded to the area about 8 p.m. Sunday after reports of shots fired.

“When members arrived on scene they began a search of the area including the Byrne Creek Trail that continued until the following morning. Police confirm a body has now been located,” Sgt. Derek Thibodeau said.

“We do not believe this incident is connected to any other ongoing Burnaby RCMP investigation.”

Ralston said the RCMP should be asked hard questions about their tactics in investigating the shootings and murders.

“Have they drawn on any of the national resources? Have they asked for alternate investigative techniques? Have they conducted a management review or an internal audit of the work on these particular investigations?” he said. “These are tough questions that need to be asked and they can’t just blow them off.”

He said it’s lucky there haven’t been more murders given the number of shootings.

“The potential for all kinds of people to be caught in the cross fire … it is just very, very worrisome and disturbing.”

Vancouver murder victim pleaded with killers to ‘hold on’

Victim and another South Asian prisoner named Randy Naicker were living in same halfway house before the shooting

Vancouver murder victim pleaded with killers to 'hold on'

Rajinder Soomel was shot and killed on Cambie Street in 2009 while he was walking to a convenience store from the halfway house where he was living.

METRO VANCOUVER — Before Rajinder Soomel was shot to death in the middle of Cambie Street six years ago, he shouted at his killers to “hold on, hold on, hold on,” a Crown prosecutor told B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday.

Michael Barrenger outlined the Crown’s case against Kevin James Jones and Colin Victor Stewart, charged with first-degree murder in Soomel’s fatal Sept. 29, 2009 shooting.

“I anticipate that a witness who saw the shooting, who was located close to it, will testify that Raj Soomel, before he was shot, said: ‘hold on, hold on, hold on,’” Barrenger said.

“Eight bullets were fired into Raj Soomel. The bullets pierced his head, his chest and his abdomen. Raj Soomel collapsed in the road dead just south of the intersection at Cambie and 19th.”

Barrenger explained to jurors that his opening statement is not evidence, but a summary of the evidence the Crown expects to call during the trial at the Vancouver Law Courts.

 He said other witnesses saw Soomel’s killers, wearing dark hoodies, chase him across Cambie after he stopped to get food at a local pizza joint.

And he expects witnesses to tell the trial they saw the two killers get into a grey or silver getaway car near the Starbucks metres from where Soomel collapsed.

Barrenger said police found a trail of evidence linked by DNA to Jones and Stewart that appeared to have been thrown from the vehicle as it raced away.

Police found a gun in the alley east of Cambie between 19th and 20th.

“That gun is one of the two guns used to shoot and kill Raj Soomel,” Barrenger said.

Closer to 20th, a pair of Remington Camoflauge gloves were located. Then a block away at 20th and Yukon, police found “the other gun used to murder Raj Soomel,” Barrenger said.

About three blocks away in the 4000-block of Yukon, police found another pair of gloves, a black hoodie and a bandana.

“DNA on three of those items came back to Colin Stewart. And DNA on two of those items cam back to Kevin Jones,” Barrenger said.

Soomel was gunned down about two blocks from the Dick Bell-Irving halfway house where he had been staying since August 2009.

Barrenger said staff at the halfway house noticed suspicious activity in the days before the slaying.

Cars were seen driving back and forth in front of the house just west of Cambie on 21st.

And there were phone calls made to the facility, including one that was traced to Jones’s girlfriend.

The suspicious incidents started after another South Asian prisoner named Randy Naicker was paroled to the halfway house on Sept. 24, 2009, Barrenger said.

Soomel left the halfway house just after 10 p.m. on the night he was killed. A staff member mistakenly wrote in his log that Naicker had gone out to the store, Barrenger said.

“Within minutes, two men armed with guns with their faces partly concealed burst into DBI. One of them screamed at him: ‘Where’s Randy? Where’s Randy?’”

A gun was pointed at the worker’s head.

“You will also hear his recollection that he was struck in the head with the gun, injuring him,” Barrenger said.

The worker told the gunmen that Naicker had gone to the store.

“The two armed men then left.”

Barrenger said that at the time of the murder, Jones was living in a halfway house in downtown Vancouver. He signed out before the slaying and returned about 20 minutes afterwards.

And Stewart was living in Coquitlam with a man named Jesse Adkins, who Barrenger suggested had a role in the murder though has never been charged.

“You will hear about Jesse Adkins in this trial,” he said. “You will hear that Jesse Adkins has not been seen in years and can’t be located.”

Both Stewart and Jones have pleaded not guilty.

The trial is expected to last eight weeks.

 

Suspect in custody after one killed, three injured in shooting outside Northern Arizona University dormitory

BY WASHINGTON POST

One person has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting outside of a Greek-life dormitory at Northern Arizona University, a public institution in Flagstaff, Ariz.
A suspect is in custody, the school said, and the injured survivors are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center. No details were immediately available on the circumstances of the shooting. School officials have scheduled a news conference at 6 a.m. local time (9 a.m. Eastern).
According to a statement on the NAU Web site, the first police call about the gunfire came in at 1:20 a.m. local time on Friday. University police and the Flagstaff Police Department were at the scene. The campus was not on lockdown.
School public relations director Cindy Brown told The Washington Post that the shooting occurred in a parking lot outside Mountain View Hall dormitory on the northeast end of the Flagstaff campus. The all-Greek dorm houses “the majority of NAU Greek students,” according to the university.
Brown said she doesn’t know what precipitated the shooting. She did not have details about the suspect and victims, their conditions and whether they are students.
Delta Chi’s international office confirmed in a statement to The Washington Post that some of its fraternity members were “involved” in the shooting.
“We do not have any information on the victims nor do we know if the deceased individual is a member of the Fraternity,” the statement said. Delta Chi added that the shooting “was not a chapter related incident.”
On Twitter, the school advised residents of Mountain View Hall to stay indoors. According to the school’s website, Mountain View houses most of the students involved in fraternities and sororities.
The incident in Flagstaff came eight days after a lone gunman killed nine people on the Umpqua Community College campus in southwestern Oregon.
The shooter in that mass slaying was also killed.
President Obama is traveling to Roseburg, Ore., to visit privately with families of victims of the shooting.
Northern Arizona University is a public four-year school of about 25,000 students.