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04/20/2015 16:58 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 a 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 on Monday came after police named 22-year-old Arun Bains as the victim in a shooting on 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.Police were called to reports of gunfire early Sunday and found Bains inside a vehicle that had crashed into a pole.At a news conference Monday, RCMP announced they have launched a public tip line seeking information."This is about the continued lack of information being shared by those criminals involved in this violence," said assistant commissioner Dan Malo.Many police resources are being used to stop the turf war, he said.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.Hepner said police are doing everything they can, but they need more information."The code of silence we have seen so far will only result in more heartache for the loved ones that are left behind. That is why I am imploring that anyone who has any information to come forward, do the right thing and contact police," she said.Last week, police released photos of people they identified as victims in some of the shootings. Mounties said they took the unusual step of naming victims because no one was co-operating and public safety was at risk.