NEWS
04/20/2015 16:13 EDT | Updated 06/20/2015 01:12 EDT

First death in gang war leads to plea from Surrey, B.C., mayor to stop shooting

SURREY, B.C. - The mayor of the British Columbia city at the centre of a gang war implored those shooting at each another to stop before more people are killed.Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner's comments come after police named 22-year-old Arun Bains as the victim in a shooting over the weekend.Mounties say Bains was known to be connected to the street-level drug trade and became the first person to lose his life after almost two dozen shootings in six weeks.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dan Mallow says police are united in taking action against a gang war that has erupted on Surrey streets.Mallow says every officer in the region has been given information on the people who are known to be involved and that a tip line has been launched seeking help from the public. Police have determined that 14 of the 22 shootings in Surrey and neighbouring Delta since March 9 are linked to a dispute between gangs of South Asian and Somalian descent.