The Surrey RCMP have arrested and charged a man believed to be responsible for a two-year-old shooting that injured an innocent bystander.
The incident took place on July 9, 2017, just after 3:30 pm.
RCMP says in a police statement that the shooting occurred in the 7600 blocks of 147a Street in the Newton area of Surrey.
The victim, a 62-year-old woman, was deemed an innocent bystander, who was visiting Surrey from Ontario.
Investigators believe that the shooting was a targeted incident related to the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict and that the woman was not the intended target.
The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit took over the investigation and gathered evidence over the span of two years. On December 11, 2019, 22-year-old Abd’l Malik Loubissi-Morris of Vancouver was arrested in Richmond.
“This was a complex investigation which drew upon our partnerships with a number of policing agencies,” reads the police report. “The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, and the Kelowna and Vernon RCMP, worked in a coordinated effort with the Surrey RCMP to advance the investigation.”
Loubissi-Morris has been charged with attempted murder, using firearm in the Commission of an offence, aggravated assault, and discharging a firearm with intent.
He remains in custody at this time and has a court appearance scheduled for December 19, 2019.
“To have an innocent person injured in our city as a result of gang violence is completely unacceptable,” said Investigative Services Officer, Superintendent Elija Rain.
The Surrey RCMP also says that although Loubissi-Morris has been charged in relation to the shooting, the investigation continues with the possibility for further arrests and charges.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-8000-222-TIPS.
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