THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced on Sunday afternoon that Saturday night’s homicide victim in Abbotsford was 19-year-old Gagandeep Singh Dhaliwal.
Dhaliwal was known to police and investigators believe this was a targeted incident. IHIT said it is working to determine the motive behind Dhaliwal’s murder.
“We are releasing Mr. Dhaliwal’s name in an effort to determine his activities and who he may have had contact with prior to his death,” said Cpl. Frank Jang. “We urge anyone with information to please come forward.”
The VOICE had reported earlier on Sunday that the victim was South Asian and the shooting was believed to be linked to the ongoing Townline Hill drug turf conflict between two groups of South Asians.
On August 4, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Abbotsford Police received a report of a shooting at a residence in the 2000-block of Wilerose Street. When police arrived, they found Dhaliwal and another male with gunshot wounds. Both victims were taken to hospital. Dhaliwal succumbed to his injuries in hospital and the second victim is expected to recover from his injuries. IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.
Dhaliwal was known to the local police, but did not have a criminal record.
CTV reported that neighbours said they heard multiple gunshots followed by commotion outside the home. Two witnesses said they saw a man jumping over a fence. Another witness said: “I heard three shots and I heard screaming and the about five seconds later, I heard some car just peel out down the street. I came out running and there was people all over the street down there screaming and yelling.”
Global BC reported that Dhaliwal was shot in his garage in Abbotsford. A family friend said that Dhaliwal had got home that night with his family after a wedding reception and was in the garage with his cousin when suddenly someone came over and started shooting them.
IHIT said it is working closely with its partners from the Abbotsford Police Department, the Abbotsford Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at [email protected]
Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).