In what police are calling a “blatant act of violence,” a 29-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of a Surrey hotel on Monday afternoon.
The incident occurred just before 2:30 pm, when the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn Hotel, located in the 8200 block of 166th Street.
When police arrived, they found the man inside a vehicle, suffering from gunshot wounds.
He was taken to hospital, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has now taken control of the case, in partnership with the Surrey RCMP, and the BC Coroner’s Service.
The victim was identified as Surrey resident, Birinderjeet Justin Bhangu, and police said the shooting appears to be targeted.
There’s also evidence that a dark coloured Nissan Pathfinder fled the crime scene, police added. That vehicle has not yet been recovered by police.
“Mr. Bhangu was known to police and evidence collected suggests this was a targeted homicide,” said IHIT Cpl. Meghan Foster. “This blatant act of violence was committed in a busy area of the community, and fortunately no one else was hurt.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at [email protected]. People can also leave a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or online at solvecrime.ca.