Victim of "targeted" Delta shooting identified as provincial corrections officer

May 3 2021, 10:32 am

The victim of a brazen daylight shooting in North Delta was a provincial corrections officer, investigators announced on Monday.

The Delta Police Department has identified the victim of the “targeted” May 1 shooting as 29-year-old Bikramdeep Randhawa of Surrey. He was not known to the police.

“We’re looking at all possible aspects as to why this crime was committed,” said Inspector Guy Leeson, the head of Investigative Services for Delta Police.

“We will examine every potential motive thoroughly. Whether it was a case of mistaken identity, a matter related to his personal life, or if there is a possibility the shooting was related to the victim’s occupation.”

Police also confirmed that a vehicle involved in the incident was discovered burned in Burnaby on Saturday evening.

Leeson said that “based on the behaviour” of the suspects, investigators believe the shooting was targeted, although no motive has yet been determined.

“Delta Police have been in communication with BC Corrections and other law enforcement partners about possible links to other incidents in Metro Vancouver,” police said.

“At this point, police are not able to determine whether this shooting can be linked to the gang conflict.”

Officers were called to the Scottsdale Centre just before 5 pm on Saturday. They discovered Randhawa suffering from gunshot wounds in the mall’s parking lot.

Despite the efforts of first responders, he later succumbed to his injuries.

Video from the scene sent to Daily Hive appears to show the suspect moments after the fatal shooting, running through the parking lot to a waiting vehicle.

Anyone who knew Randhawa or who has information as to why he may have been targeted is asked to contact the police at 604-946-4411, or Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1-800-222-8477.

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