Developer Amarjit Singh Sandhu, 56, dead after ‘targeted’ shooting in Richmond, B.C.

By CBC News

Police have identified the 56-year-old man shot in Richmond, B.C., Saturday night as a prominent developer, Amarjit Singh Sandhu.

Sandhu died in hospital after the parking lot shooting left his truck riddled with bullets. Police say he was targeted.

RCMP were called to the 11300 block of Steveston Highway shortly after 6 p.m. PT Saturday after reports that a man was shot in a Tim Hortons parking lot near the Ironwood Plaza.

Police found a man suffering from gunshot wounds, and reported several bullet holes in the driver’s side door of a black pickup truck.

Targeted shooting

The attack is targeted, police said in a written release on Sunday.

“The act of homicide is one that is selfish and cold,” said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT)

“There is an extra element of concern when one chooses to commit this crime in such a bold and brazen manner in a very public setting.”

No one else was injured.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken over the investigation from Richmond RCMP.

Sandhu is listed as president of Sandhill Developments Ltd, with main offices located across from where he was shot.

He and the company are named in more than 80 civil lawsuits in B.C. dating back to the 1990s.

In a recent case, Sandhu took the Khalsa Diwan Society to court. His actions led to an election being called for leaders at the Ross Street Sikh temple in Vancouver, scheduled for September.

An official with the party opposed to changes Sandhu was seeking at the temple believes the shooting is unrelated.

“To my knowledge just for the sake of an election nobody would take such a big risk,” said Ranjit Hayer with the Khalsa Diwan Society.

People at the temple registering to vote in the elections say that Sandhu was at the temple before he went to Richmond and was gunned down.

“He came, he was talking nice, you know,” said Joginder Singh Sunner also with the Khalsa Diwan Society. “Then all of the sudden we heard the news that he got shot. That’s terrible news. We have … sympathy for the family.”

Police are urging anyone with information about the death to contact them.

Man shot, killed in broad daylight near busy Toronto intersection is a former gangster from Vancouver

By Kim Bolan,

A former Vancouver gangster was shot to death in Toronto Tuesday afternoon in a brazen attack that surprised even local police.

Sukh Deo, 34, was inside a white Range Rover when two men started firing at him just before 3 p.m. in an alley near the busy intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue.

Toronto police Supt. Reuben Stroble told reporters at the scene that the fatal shooting “is a big surprise for this area, especially at this time of day.”

The luxury vehicle had at least 14 bullet holes visible on the driver’s side window.

Sukh’s uncle, Sohan Deo, confirmed it was his nephew who was killed.

The dead man’s father Parminder got a call from someone in Ontario, Sohan Deo said, and headed to Vancouver airport to get a flight to Toronto. Parminder called his brother before he left.

“The family is very upset,” SohanDeo said. “It is terrible.”

He said his nephew, who was married with young children, had moved to Toronto a few years ago and was running a trucking company with a friend.

“I went there in May and I stayed with him a few days. He took me to where those trucking businesses are,” Deo said, adding that he has no idea why his nephew would have been targeted.

“I really can’t say anything. It’s hard for me to say anything because he was over there.”

Sukh Deo was well-known to police in the Lower Mainland, where he was a suspect in at least one continuing investigation at the time of his murder. He had convictions in B.C. for resisting a police officer, driving while suspended and assault.

His brother Harjit was convicted in a 2005 gangland kidnapping along with others in the Independent Soldiers gang. The kidnap victim had been held in the garage of the Deo family home in New Westminster, B.C., where police later arrested several suspects.

Sukh’s father Parminder is wanted on an Interpol warrant on drug smuggling charges laid in India. He earlier told the Vancouver Sun he was innocent and had hired a lawyer in the Punjab to fight the case.

SukhDeo was an avid fan of the Toronto Raptors, his uncle said. Just last month, he was ejected from his courtside seat at Game 4 of the Raptors’ playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers after heckling the referees.

YouTube Sukh Deo ejected from a Toronto Raptors game last month.

“All our kids, they watched him on that day,” Deo said. “He was a really big fan of that team. He always goes to watch the games.”

Toronto police said on Twitter that they’re looking for two men in Deo’s murder. They were seen fleeing the area in a black car. Both were wearing construction vests — one green and one orange.

Anyone with information about his murder is asked to call the Toronto Police Service homicide squad at 1-416-808-2222 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.