A “brazen” act of violence at a busy fast food outlet in Langley last night has ended in the death of one man and a vehicle found ablaze shortly thereafter.
After 8 p.m. on September 10, Langley RCMP received several reports of a shooting at a McDonald’s located near 264th Street and 56th Avenue in Aldergrove.
Upon arrival, officers found a man in his early 30s outside the establishment with gunshot wounds.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Then around 8:30 p.m., the Abbotsford Police Department received a report of a black SUV on fire in the 27900 block of Montesina Avenue.
Investigators believe this SUV is linked to the shooting in Langley and forensic specialists will be conducting an examination of the vehicle.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken over the investigation. As IHIT is working to notify the victim’s family of his death, his identity is not being released at this time.
However, IHIT stated in a news release that he was known to police, had ties to gang activity, and that the incident is believed to be targeted.
CBC News reported that the restaurant had been filled with families at the time of the shooting.
IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang called it “a brazen shooting in a public space” and added “we are fortunate that no one else was hurt”.
Anyone with information or video footage is asked to call the IHIT information line by calling 1-877-551-4448 or by email. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.