By Veeno Dewan

Delta police arrested one suspect after a Surrey man was gunned down Tuesday morning as he was leaving his rental vehicle in North Surrey. The 28 year-old man identified by Surrey RCMP as Aaron Tam is known to police as a drug dealer.

At 6 a.m., Surrey RCMP received a call of shots fired at 144 Street and 92 Avenue, and then heard reports of a man with gunshot wounds who managed to struggle to a local house in the area asking for help. The gunman drove off in the victim’s rental car described as a blue, 2012 four- door Hyundai Elantra sedan.

At about 7:45 a.m., Delta police responded to a call of a car on fire in the 7300 block of Bates Road. Upon arrival investigators located the vehicle engulfed in flames, and were advised that two males had possibly fled the scene on foot. Delta Police members from patrol, Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team (MIERT), traffic services and K-9 immediately set up containment in the area, and a 21 year old male later named as Corey William Johnson was arrested. The other person remains at large.
He remains a person of interest in the shooting file,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Drew Grainger.

Tam is in hospital in critical condition, but is expected to survive. He is not cooperating with police. Delta Police investigators are working closely with the Surrey RCMP and the investigation continues.

Anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area of the 7300 block of Bates Road around 7:20 am this morning is asked to call the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477