Police are investigating after a 29-year-old man was fatally shot while sitting in his vehicle at a gas station in Surrey, over the weekend.
According to police, the incident took place around 6 pm in the 18600-block of Fraser Highway, in the city’s Clayton Heights neighbourhood.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the case, and noted that investigators have since spoken with “numerous” witnesses and reviewed considerable video surveillance footage from the area of the incident.
“From the information gathered so far, investigators have determined that a black male ran away from the shooting site and got into a silver sedan driven by a second black male,” said IHIT in a release.
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At around 10 pm that same day, Burnaby RCMP received a report of a burnt silver sedan in the area of Willingdon Avenue and Kemp Street.
That vehicle is believed to be associated with the earlier shooting, and investigators are seeking witnesses that may have made observations and/or have dashcam video from the following two areas:
- 18600-block of Fraser Highway in Surrey between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm;
- Willingdon Avenue and Kemp Street between 6:30 pm and 8 pm.
“Investigators are still making efforts to notify some of the victim’s immediate family members of his death and so his identity will not be released at this time,” said IHIT.
They noted that the victim was known to police and the shooting is believed to be a targeted incident.
“There is a great deal of momentum at this early stage in the investigation,” IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang. “Our investigators and partners are diligently collecting the evidence and a phone call from the right witness could be the difference maker in this case.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or contact them by email. Those who wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).