SURREY Mayor Linda Hepner and the RCMP seem helpless as shootings go on in the city.
Two men were hit by gunfire on Friday (June 26) at about 1 a.m. in the 12300 block of Iona Place.
Monica Narula told the media that she heard a man screaming in agony. She added: “It’s really scary. You’re just relaxing in your living room, and then you hear something like that, of course it’s really scary. It’s very scary.” She said police arrived about two minutes later.
Surrey RCMP said that they found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were transported to a local area hospital. One male, in his mid-20s, received serious wounds but is expected to survive. The second victim, a male in his early 20s and known to police, received relatively minor wounds. Police are still trying to identify the suspects who are only described as three or four males in their early 20s.
Surrey RCMP patrol officers, as well as the Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT), Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS), and the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) were dispatched to the scene.
“Surrey RCMP is investigating this matter thoroughly with the Serious Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Services still on scene,” said Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “Officers will be combing the area to identify more witnesses and any evidence. This appears to have been a targeted shooting and police don’t believe there is any further risk to the public.”
At this time there has been no link identified to the recent shootings surrounding low level drug dealing in the city. Several witnesses have come forward and are assisting police with their investigation.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.
LAST Sunday (June 21) there was a shooting in the 13900-block of 104th Avenue in Surrey at about 1 a.m. and police said they were looking for a dark-coloured older sports car with tinted windows that was seen taking off at a high rate of speed from the area immediately after the shots were heard.
Surrey R.C.M.P. received a number of 911 calls reporting the shots being heard in the area of 140th Street and 104th Avenue. Police officers along with members of the Integrated Police Dog Service and the Police Helicopter Air1 attended to the area. Police were able to locate the scene of the shooting after speaking to several witnesses and located physical evidence that confirmed that shots had been fired in this area. No victims were located.
Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area where the shots were fired and witnessed the shots being fired or the dark-coloured sports car driving in the area or fleeing from the scene, or has any information on this shooting or any other shooting in the area to call the Surrey R.C.M.P. at 604-599-0502, the special tip line for the shootings in the Delta / Surrey area at 604-915-6566 or CrimeStoppers.