By Kim Bolan
A convicted drug-trafficker with links to the Wolf Pack and Brothers Keepers (BK) gang was shot to death in Richmond on Thursday night in suspected retaliation for the slaying of a rival the day before.
Anees Mohammed, 29, was gunned down at about 8:30 p.m. in Steveston Park in a quiet residential area near McMath Secondary school.
Earlier Wednesday, high-profile gangster Gary Kang was shot to death inside his parents’ South Surrey home while out on bail awaiting a sentencing hearing.
And on Dec. 27 and 28, Harman Singh Dhesi, a 19-year-old Red Scorpion associate, and Tequel Willis, just 14 and with ties to the Brothers Keepers, were gunned down in Surrey in separate incidents.
Jang said investigators are working hard to gather evidence against those responsible and to head off further violence. And he rejected criticism that police aren’t doing enough.
“We would like to be everywhere before these things happen. Unfortunately we can’t be everywhere,” he said. “And instead of blaming the police, or anyone else, let’s blame the people who are actually behind the trigger. People who are pointing the guns in our community, discharging firearms, putting all of us at risk. These people don’t care about your safety. They don’t care about my safety, they don’t care about the young person walking the streets of Richmond. It is imperative to find these people, arrest them and throw them in jail. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
Despite Mohammed’s criminal history, his family is still devastated, Jang said: “Let’s not forget, he had a family, he has parents to which we had to deliver the news not that long ago last night.”
Police investigate near the scene of a murder in Steveston Park in Richmond on Jan. 8 , 2021. Anees Mohammed, 29, was gunned down at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 7. (Photo: Kim Bolan, PNG) [PNG Merlin Archive]
Police investigate Friday near the scene of a murder in Steveston Park in Richmond. Anees Mohammed, 29, was gunned down at about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. PHOTO BY KIM BOLAN /PNG
Just like after Kang’s murder Thursday, the rival sides were posting threats of more violence and taunting comments about their enemies on Instagram on Friday.
A pro-Kang poster listed others on the BK side that he expected to be killed next. And he put up photos of those already killed in the recent violence.
Beside Mohammed’s photo there’s a skull emoji and a comment: “All that woofin on the net now you are a skeleton 6 ft deep like your bros.”
Jang said investigators are looking at the social-media posts as part of their probe.
“What they’re doing on social media is completely unacceptable,” he said.
Mohammed allegedly provided drugs sold by the Wolf Pack in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.