11/08/2013 03:28 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 18:58 EST

IIO investigates after man shot at Surrey mall

A man is in serious condition after a shooting involving the Surrey RCMP. The Independent Investigations Office is now taking over the investigation.

Emergency crews responded to a strip mall in Surrey's Guildford neighbourhood just after 5 p.m. Thursday night.
BC Ambulance services rushed a man with a serious gunshot wound to hospital. However, police were initially called out to the area around 148th street and 108 avenue for a vehicle check.

Injured man surrendered, witness says

Dean Fix, a delivery driver at the pizza place next door, witnessed the shooting.

"I was pulling out to take off with my deliveries, and this police car came rushing in, and they bolted out of the car with their guns drawn," he said.

Fix said he heard several gunshots, but could not make out any dialogue between the officers, or the exact words the man who had been shot was saying.

"He wasn't yelling ... He was pleading. It sounded like, 'Don't fire, don't shoot' or something," said Fix.

IIO to investigate

Because RCMP were involved in the shooting, the case has been turned over to the Independent Investigations Office.
At this point, they say the case is in the preliminary stages and can only provide limited details about what happened.

"Even at this time we can't say how many members were involved or how many witnesses there were because it is all an ongoing investigation," said IIO spokesman Richard Rosenthal  

Investigators say they are looking for more witnesses to help complete the picture of what happened at the strip mall as the investigation continues.