SURREY RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann said on Monday that the two victims of the shooting on Sunday afternoon in the 15300-block of 86th Avenue in Fleetwood are known to police and are associated to the drug trade. However, whether the shooting is related to the drug trade has yet to be determined.
One of the victims is a 24-year-old male from Vancouver and the other is a 23-year-old male from Surrey.
(Sources told The VOICE both victims are South Asians. However, the other two involved in the incident have yet to be identified.)
On June 25, at 3 p.m., police were alerted to the shooting. They found that multiple rounds had been fired from a firearm. The area was secured as the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime unit investigated the incident.
Approximately 30 minutes later, Surrey RCMP received a report that two males in their 20s attended a local area hospital with injuries consistent with being shot. Officers attended the hospital and determined that the injuries were non-life-threatening. Serious Crime investigators will be interviewing these males in relation to this incident.
Police say that it is not possible to identify the shooter or shooters from that footage because of the poor resolution. They will be looking at traffic cameras as well.
A short time later on Sunday afternoon, Surrey RCMP received a report of a vehicle fire in Cloverdale. Police say that only after a forensic investigation will they be able to determine whether the vehicle was one of the two that were involved in the shooting. The vehicle has been seized and will be processed for evidence related to the shooting.
“Shootings of any kind are a concern to both police and the community, however, a mid-day shooting in a quiet family neighbourhood displays disrespect coupled with a complete and utter callous disregard for the safety of the community,” said Surrey RCMP Staff-Sgt. Dale Carr on Sunday.
Cpl. Schumann told The VOICE on Monday said that any kind of shooting in a neighbourhood is risky because you can have ricochets or bullets going off target. “And that is exactly what happened in this case. There was another parked car that was hit, a house that was hit and a tree,” he added.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or CrimeStoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.