UPDATE: Police have identified the murder victim as 29-year-old Manjinder "Manny" Hairan. Investigators also revealed that a second, unidentified man was injured and taken to hospital.
SURREY, B.C. - Gun violence flared again early Tuesday morning in Surrey, B.C., as the suburban Vancouver city recorded its latest murder, but investigators are waving off speculation about an escalating gang war.
"It does appear to be a targeted, gang-related shooting, at this point," said Sgt. Jennifer Pound, as she arrived at the scene of the attack that occurred just before 2 a.m. Tuesday in the in the 12700 block of 112B Ave.
The unnamed victim, described by police as known to them, lay in a laneway of a normally quiet block of Surrey's Bridgeview neighbourhood.
Although it was the fourth death in Surrey since Sunday, when 27-year-old Manjot Dhillon and two other men were killed in two separate shootings, Pound said police had found no apparent links between the crimes.
"At this point they don't appear to be connected to each other, but it is still in the early stages so it is difficult to say what it could be connected to," she said.
"I think to speculate that there is a gang war going on is just simply that. It's speculation at this point."
Two other men, whose names had not been released, were found dead in a Surrey parkade just hours after Dhillon was gunned down.
"It appears to be related to criminal activity," Pound confirmed, "but it does not appear to be gang-related."
Homicide investigators were canvassing area homes in the neighbourhood overlooking the Pattullo Bridge early Tuesday morning, hoping to identify a suspect or turn up clues that could lead them to the killer.
Pound urged anyone with information about any of the three shootings to come forward. (The Canadian Press, CKNW, News1130)