Man charged with first degree murder in connection with Surrey shooting

May 18 2017, 12:05 am

A 22-year-old man has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of another man in Surrey two months ago.

According to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), the incident occurred just before 2:30 pm, on March 13, in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn Hotel, located in the 8200 block of 166th Street.

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The victim, 29-year-old Birinderjeet Bhangu, was shot in his vehicle and later died of his injuries. Now, Johnny Steven Drynock, 22, has been charged with Bhangu’s murder.

In a release, IHIT Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound said the approval for a first-degree murder charge comes after “two months of exhaustive work and intensive evidence gathering.”

Drynock has been in custody since April 8 on an unrelated matter in Merritt, BC, police said.

He is scheduled for his first court appearance in relation to the first degree murder charge in Surrey on May 19.

“IHIT and Surrey RCMP recognized the need to work around the clock to locate this shooting suspect and it is as a result of police partnerships, thorough communication and extreme investigative commitment that a first degree murder charge has been secured today,” Pound said.

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