RCMP in Surrey, B.C., say four shootings that erupted within two days appear to be linked to low-level drug crime rather than organized gangs.
Two other shootings that also happened this week appear unrelated, the force said Thursday.
Here are the four incidents that police believe are related:
- On Tuesday (March 10) around 4 a.m., RCMP learned that a 20-year-old man was dropped off at a hospital emergency room with gunshot wounds.
- Around 6:45 p.m. that evening, an ambulance responded to a 20-year-old man who was shot around 127 Street and 78 Avenue. He was treated in hospital and then released.
- A few hours later around 11 p.m., gunshots were reported around 128 Street and 76 Avenue. Everyone had fled by the time police arrived. Witnesses reported four dark-coloured vehicles speeding away from the scene.
- On Wednesday (March 11) around 1:30 p.m., police responded to reports that a white SUV was chasing a black Acura at high speed. Around 132 Street and 80th Avenue, the people inside the SUV fired at the car.
RCMP Supt. Bill Fordy issued a statement addressing both the shooters and the residents of the community.
"I ask (the people involved in the shootings) to think about the safety of your family, friends and the general public," he said. "The manner that you have chosen to resolve this dispute is careless and unacceptable.
For the citizens of Surrey, I offer you my commitment that we are working extremely hard on all of these events — not only to solve the cases that have occurred but to safeguard against any further incidents."
RCMP released photos of four of the five men believed linked to the shootings. From top left, clockwise: Pardip Brar, Sameh Mohammed, Indervir Johal, Amrit Kular.
Police released names of five men they believed were connected to the shootings, and they asked the public to come forward with any information about them:
Pardip Brar, 20, of Delta.
Indervir Johal, 21, of Surrey.
Amrit Kular, 20, of Surrey.
Pardeep Singh, 20, of Surrey.
Sameh Mohammed, 20, of Surrey.
RCMP said two other shootings were not linked to the four incidents above.
Just before midnight on Tuesday (March 11), police found a 28-year-old shooting victim around 193 Street and 80 Avenue.
The victim was from neighbouring Langley.
"This incident appears to be drug related and targeted," said Surrey RCMP in a news release.
On Wednesday around 3:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired at a house in Surrey. Everyone had left by the time police arrived and there were no injuries, though the Mounties say there was evidence of gunfire.
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