A Punjabi-origin Canadian man with a criminal record was shot dead on Sunday. The victim was identified as Surrey resident Manjot Dhillon (27).
The Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received an emergency call on Sunday evening that gunshots had been fired in the area of 168 Street and 76 Avenue. The Surrey RCMP and the British Columbia ambulance service spotted an injured man lying on the road. He was transported to hospital, but was declared dead soon after.
"This is a targeted shooting on the victim who was known to the police," said Sgt Jennifer Pound.
Homicide investigators said the shooting was also gang-related and Dhillon had a criminal record including convictions for drug possession, wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer, uttering threats, assault, breaking and entering, breaching an undertaking, and failing to appear in court.
Last year, almost half a dozen Indian-origin Canadian gangsters were killed in gang-related violence. At the centre of the gang wars is the BC Bud or cannabis from British Columbia, which is profitably exported to the US and Mexico.
Indian-Canadians have been part of the drug distribution trade, leading to violent outcomes resulting in more than a 100 murders in the past 15 years. In the past few months, there have been at least more than dozen attempts on lives of people who are even loosely connected to allied South Asian gangs, including Dhak and Duhre gangs.
Over 120 gangs involved in the drug trade in British Columbia are in tussle to fill the vacuum left by death of a few gang leaders in the past. At one point, the Royal Canadians Mounted Police, ranked the South Asian gangs as third most powerful criminal organisation in the province.