ON Wednesday morning, The VOICE reported on its website that our police sources had confirmed that the Langley shooting victim was Ravinder Singh Sandhu.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) confirmed that on Thursday afternoon as it called on the public to help further its investigation into a fatal shooting in Langley.
IHIT said Sandhu was known to police and his murder is believed to be a targeted incident.
On February 7 at around 9:30 p.m., the Langley RCMP responded to reports of shots fired at the parking lot of the Langley Crossing Shopping Center at 6339 200th Street. Sandhu, 42, was found shot inside his vehicle by first responders. He was transported to hospital where he remained in critical condition until just recently, when he died of his injuries.
One news channel reported on Saturday that a person claiming to be close to the victim told them that the victim was being kept on life support until extended family could arrive here from India.
The person also claimed that two young children of the victim were in the backseat of the truck when he was shot.
IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang on Thursday confirmed to a newspaper that was a fact and added that the children had been at a party at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. They were not hurt.
According to one media report last weekend, the victim’s pick-up truck was parked in front of a credit union near a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.
IHIT has conduct of the investigation and is working closely with the Langley RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. Investigators are looking to speak with any witnesses who have yet to come forward and requesting dash cam video from anyone who was travelling in and around the area, before and after the shooting.
“We share the community’s concern over this shooting in a public place that left one man dead and placed other lives at risk,” said Jang. “We also share the community’s fervor to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice and call on anyone who can help us do so to come forward.”
“It is unfortunate that a second brazen homicide has occurred here in Langley. The level of risk to the community is unacceptable and it is extremely concerning for me, as it must be for Langley residents, that this happened again outside a busy restaurant with young kids nearby,” said Superintendent Murray Power, Officer-in-Charge of Langley Detachment. “Members of the Langley Detachment work collectively with our partners across the region to mitigate violent crime and ensure all intelligence is shared. If anyone has information about this murder, I would urge them to call IHIT investigators. We cannot be complacent.”
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, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).