In a brazen targeted shooting incident in Surrey on Thursday afternoon Jag Johal (37) was killed when shooters sprayed him with bullets in a parking lot at 68th avenue on King George. The broad day-light murder has again brought into focus how unsafe the place is becoming with RCMP once again proving helpless in providing security to people.
Jag Johal is the brother of a recently-convicted cocaine smuggler.
The 37-year-old Johal was gunned down in front of his wife and child, who were not hurt in the attack.
Johal, an associate in the Dhak gang, is also the brother of recently convicted cocaine-smuggler Shminder Johal.
Sgt. Jennifer Pound says the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is now working on the case.
“This apparent targeted shooting occurred in broad daylight in a highly populated public area where many businesses are location. The potential for further victims was high and this selfish act of violence is not taken lightly by investigators,” says Pound.
Paramedics were called to the scene behind a Pantry Restaurant around 2:45 p.m. today
RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger called the attack “brazen and deliberate, and a downright deplorable act of violence targeted towards this man, in an area that was surrounded by people that were just going about their business.”
Brother Shminder Johal was sentenced to 18 years in prison in July, along with a Canada Border Services Agency guard, Baljinder Kandola, who received 15 years for his role in the crime.
Johal was shot multiple times in broad daylight while sitting in the passenger side of a car in a parking lot at 68 Avenue and King George Boulevard.
He was rushed to Royal Columbian hospital, where he later died. Surrey RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger called the targeted attacked “brazen and deplorable.”
Grainger said the shooting was of particular concern because the plaza has a number of businesses catering to families and children, and took place right at the end of a school day.
No other injuries were reported and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case.
Paramedics were called by the RCMP just before 2:45 p.m., according to B.C. Ambulance Service. According to bystanders, about 10 police cars, a fire truck and two life support unit ambulances were on scene.
This summer, Johal was present in the courtroom while his brother received a lengthy sentence for acting as the “overseer” of a cocaine smuggling ring that also saw a former Canada Border Services Agency guard Baljinder Kandola sentenced to 15 years.