IHIT investigating fatal evening shooting at Burnaby gas station

Jan 20 2020, 11:42 am

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been deployed after a fatal shooting that took place on Sunday evening.

According to IHIT, the incident took place on Sunday at approximately 6:30 pm, at a Chevron gas station near Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way.

A man, who has since been identified as 28-year-old Julian Johnson, was located at the scene with gunshot wounds. Police say that he was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. Johnson was reportedly known to police and his homicide is believed to be a targeted incident linked to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

According to IHIT, a black Nissan Rogue was also identified as a suspect vehicle — it was last seen moving eastbound on Highway 1.

Later in the evening, the Langley RCMP were also notified of a vehicle fire in the area of 206A Street and 73B Avenue. At this point in time, it’s believed that the burnt vehicle is the Nissan Rogue involved in the earlier shooting.

IHIT has since taken conduct of the investigation and is working closely with the Burnaby RCMP, the Langley RCMP, Forensic Identification Services, and the BC Coroners Service to gather evidence.

Investigators are asking for dash cam footage from anyone who was travelling on Highway 1 between 6:30 and 7 pm, and 206A Street and 73B Avenue in Langley between 9:15 and 10 pm.

“This was a brazen shooting in a public place and we are relieved no one else was hurt,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT in a release.  “Significant progress is being made in these early stages.  Our investigators are pursuing several leads and we need everyone with information to contact us so we can maintain the momentum on this fast-moving investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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