Homicide investigators have been particularly busy over the past week due to a series of fatal shootings have taken place in various Metro Vancouver municipalities. Investigators are asking for the public's assistance in solving what happened in these cases but have not stated there is any connection between these cases.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) stated today that at 8 p.m. on February 3, RCMP responded to reports of a shooting in the 6500 block of Portland Street in Burnaby.
Officers arrived to find 32-year-old Chris Kenworthy with a gunshot wound in his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Frank Jang stated that the victim was known to police and the shooting is believed to be targeted.
Then just before 7:30 a.m. this morning (February 4), RCMP responded to reports of gunfire in the 10800 block of 139A Street near the border of the Whalley and Guildford neighbourhoods in North Surrey.
Upon arrival at the location, officers found a man and woman, both suffering from gunshot wounds, inside a residence.
The man, in his early 40s, had non-life-threatening injuries but the woman was found in critical condition. Both were taken to hospital where the woman, in her early 20s, died from her injuries.
Based on initial indications, investigators believe it was not a random shooting.
Yesterday, IHIT identified the victim of a fatal shooting in Langley that took place last week.
Langley RCMP responded to a report of a shooting in the 5300 block of 207th Street in Langley at 11:38 p.m. on January 26.
Officers arrived at the scene to find a 22-year-old man dead with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle.
A second man in his early 20s also had gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital and is expected to survive.
Then at 11:52 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report about a burning vehicle near 180th Street and 19A Avenue.
Investigators have been trying to determine if there is a connection between the vehicle and the shooting.
“This has all the hallmarks of a targeted hit,” Jang said. “The victim was known to police and his murder may have ties to the drug trade. It is not yet clear if this incident is linked to any of the other recent acts of violence.”
IHIT identified the shooting victim as 22-year-old Arshdeep Singh.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-4448 or by email, or Crime Stoppers for anonymous tips by phone at 1-800-222-8477.
Richmond and Surrey shootings without victims found
Meanwhile, there have been other shootings reported without any victims located.
Richmond RCMP responded to reports of several gunshots in the 22300 block of Chaldecott Rive in East Richmond around 12:30 a.m. on February 1.
According to Richmond RCMP, iInitial reports suggested an exchange of gunfire between occupants in two vehicles, which police arrived to see fleeing at high speed.
No injuries were reported.
Anyone who with information on this matter is asked to call Richmond RCMP or Crimestoppers.
Surrey RCMP received reports of two shootings:
- one call was received around 8:30 p.m. on February 3 about gunfire in a wooded area near 124th Street and 76th Avenue;
- the second call was received around 4 a.m. on February 4 about shots fired in Tannery Park, located in the 10700 block of Dyke Road.
Officers who examined each location found evidence that a firearm had been discharged, but did not find any evidence of anyone being injured.
Surrey RCMP stated that there isn’t any indication that these shootings are connected to any other recent shootings.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP or Crime Stoppers.