ARUNDEEP Cheema, 24, of Surrey, Metro Vancouver’s first homicide of 2015, was a “leftover” from the Dhak crime group, Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the anti-gang unit, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – BC (CFSEU-BC), told The VOICE on Monday.
Cheema was fatally shot on January 2 around 8:20 p.m. while seated in his vehicle in the driveway of the North Delta home in the 11800 block of 75A Avenue he was visiting.
Houghton said: “He was associated to many of the people who were involved in on the Dhak side of the conflict, most prominently Jujhar Khun-Khun.”
The trial of Khun-Khun of Surrey, Michael Kerry Hunter Jones of Gibsons, and Jason Thomas McBride of North Vancouver in the August 14, 2011 gangland slaying of Red Scorpion gang leader Jonathan Bacon will start April 4, 2016, in Kelowna. The three were arrested on February 22, 2013, and charged with the first degree murder of Bacon as well as four counts each of attempted murder. Larry Amero, a full-patch Hells Angels member from White Rock, and James Riach of the Independent Soldiers along with two women, one of whom is related to several Hells Angels members in Haney, were with Bacon during the attack.
Houghton said Cheema was “one of the many peripheral players” and added: “I think we would classify him as a typical young man who believed the lies and the myths and got involved in this lifestyle at a very young age and he`s now dead at a very young age.”
Neighbours told the media last week that they heard sounds like fireworks followed by a vehicle driving away from the Delta neighbourhood. Investigators said the home is known to them. However, whether the shooting was gang-related has yet to be determined.
Police had said on Friday that “the shooting appears to be targeted and police do not believe the general public is at risk.”
The investigation continues and at this point Delta Police said no suspect information will be released.
Anyone who believes they may have information, or was in the area at the time of the shooting, is asked to call the Delta Police Department at 604-946-4411.
– RATTAN MALL
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