Update February 3, 2021: Homicide investigators have identified the victim as Arshdeep Singh. Sgt. Frank Jang said he hopes releasing the 22-year-olds identity will spur people to come forward and help with the investigation.
An investigation is underway after a man in his early 20s was fatally shot in Langley.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) says that the incident occurred on Tuesday night. The Langley RCMP responded to a call at 11:38 pm in the area of 207 Street and 53A Avenue.
A 22-year-old man was reportedly found with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police add that a second victim in his early 20s was also taken to the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.
Less than 15 minutes later, at 11:52 pm, the Surrey RCMP received complaints of a burning vehicle in the area of 180th Street and 53A Avenue. IHIT believes that the two incidents are likely related.
“Given the close proximity in time and distance, we believe that vehicle is likely related to our earlier homicide here at Langley,” says IHIT Corporal Frank Jang.
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Jang adds that the victim was known to police and that the incident has “all the hallmarks of a targeted hit.”
At this point in time, however, it’s unclear if it’s linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.
“We’re not sure at this point,” Jang says. “There isn’t anything glaringly obvious that jumps out from the police record of our victim that says to us that he is linked to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict. We’re certainly looking into it.”
IHIT is asking for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to reach out.
“We can’t solve this without the help of the community,” Jang stresses.”At this point we need witnesses; we need video. If you have either of those two things, please give us a call.”
Anyone with information can contact IHIT at 1-877-551-4448.