Abbotsford university student, 19, was unintended victim of gang-related 2018 fatal shooting: IHIT

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      Homicide detectives are appealing to the public for further information in an ongoing investigation into the fatal shooting of University of Fraser Valley student near an elementary school last year.

      Around 3:30 p.m. on November 12, 2018, 19-year-old Jagvir Malhi was shot and killed near the intersection of Ross Road and Simpson Road in Abbotsford, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

      IHIT was informed of a dark-blue Acura TL on fire near 128A Avenue and 109 Avenue around 4:20 p.m. on the same day in Surrey. Suspects appear to have attempted to burn the vehicle but the Surrey Fire Department extinguished the fire before the vehicle sustained any significant damage.

      Investigators have since obtained information that confirms links between the two incidents.

      Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

      IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Frank Jang stated in a news release that Malhi was a university student without a history of criminality.

      “However there were some individuals in his life that were involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict,” Sgt. Jang added.

      Investigators believe that Malhi was the unintended victim of a targeted shooting of another individual.

      Surveillance footage that investigators have obtained captures a white Mazda 3 driving with a blue Acura TL. Investigators believe the occupants of the Acura set the vehicle on fire before they left the area in the Mazda.

      Anyone who has information relevant to this investigation is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448 or send an email. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

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