Four people dead following three days of gun violence across the southern Lower Mainland

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      A wave of violence is playing out south of the Fraser River.

      The latest incident occurred in Langley near the intersection of 232 Street and 64th Avenue early the morning of September 1.

      Shortly after 5:30 a.m., Langley RCMP responded to a report of gunshots fired. Officers found a man and a woman with bullet wounds. Both succumbed to their injuries.

      “Based on the investigative theory in this initial phase it is believed to be targeted,” reads an RCMP media release.

      The double homicide follows another incident that occurred in Abbotsford near the intersection of Gladwin and Huntingdon roads. On Thursday (August 31), police responded to another report of gunshots and found a deceased male there.

      One day earlier, on Thursday (August 30), a third fatal incident occurred in Surrey. RCMP officers found a deceased male who was shot while he was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car.

      “The male victim has been identified as 22-year-old Pardeep Singh of Surrey,” reads a Surrey RCMP media release. “Mr. Singh was known to police, and was associated to gangs. Investigators are working to determine motive, but believe that Mr. Singh’s murder was targeted.”

      On August 28, the Straight reported on a series of recent shootings across Surrey that resulted in stray bullets causing property damage. That report covered events that occurred throughout August and late July.

      During a previous series of shootings in Surrey that occurred during the spring of 2015, the Straight published an in-depth report that explored links between prohibition-style drug laws, intensified police actions against drug dealers, and an increase in street-level violence that can result from such activities.

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