Male suspect, 21, arrested for two fatal gangland shootings in Surrey and Abbotsford in 2017 and 2018

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      Two homicide investigations have led to the arrest of one male suspect for the fatal shootings of two Lower Mainland men, one in 2017 and another in 2018.

      The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced today (December 20) that one investigation began when around 8:53 p.m. on October 27, 2017, 27-year-old Randeep Kang was shot and killed in the area of the 11300 block of Alpen Place in Surrey.

      A second victim was also hospitalized at the time.

      Kang was known to police and was linked to gang activity.

      Then just over one year later, 19-year-old Jagvir Malhi was shot and killed near Ross Road and Simpson Road in Abbotsford around 3:30 p.m. on November 12.

      Malhi, a University of Fraser Valley student without a criminal history, was thought to be an unintended victim of a gang-related shooting.  

      IHIT took over the separate cases while working with Surrey RCMP and the Abbotsford Police Department.

      After several months of investigation, investigators linked both incidents to one individual.

      Today (December 20), IHIT—with the help of the Edmonton Police Service, Alberta RCMP, and the Combined Special Enforcement Unit—arrested 21-year-old Tyrel Hieu Nguyen Quesnelle for the murders of Kang and Malhi.

      The B.C. Prosecution Service has approved first-degree murder charges against Quesnelle.

      The investigation is continuing on and anyone with further information about these shootings is asked to contact IHIT on their information line at 1-877-551-4448 or by email, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.

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