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20-Year-Old Man Shot To Death In Surrey, B.C.

12/27/2011 01:37 EST | Updated 02/26/2012 05:12 EST
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The B.C. Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is investigating a rash of apparently unrelated fatal shootings in Surrey and Langley that began over the Christmas weekend.

Three men who did not have criminal records are dead after being shot in separate incidents in Newton, north Surrey, and Walnut Grove between Christmas Eve morning and Boxing Day night.

A fourth man was found dead by police Tuesday morning in the Cedar Hills neighbourhood of Surrey.

Surrey RCMP said a caller in the 9500 block of 125th Street reported hearing gunshots at about 7:30 a.m. PT, but didn't report it right away.

The caller later looked outside, saw a person lying on the ground, and called police at around 8:30 a.m.

Surrey RCMP officers found a white man in his 20s lying on the ground. He was already dead.

Sgt. Jennifer Pound confirmed that the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took over the investigation, and were trying to confirm the identity of the deceased.

Four days, four deaths

If the man's death is deemed to be a homicide, it will be the fourth in the Surrey-Langley region of the Lower Mainland since Christmas Eve.

Bradley McPherson, 28, died after being shot at a house party in the Newton area of Surrey sometime around 4 a.m. on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day, 27-year-old Alok Gupta was shot and killed on the Surrey-North Delta border, while working a shift as a convenience store clerk.

On Boxing Day, a 38-year-old man was gunned down in his driveway in the Walnut Grove area of Langley, B.C. Police have not released his name.

Police are asking anyone with information on any of the incidents to call B.C. Crime Stoppers.