Lower Mainland police agencies warn public to avoid interacting with people with "ongoing nexus to violence"

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      Metro Vancouver's gang conflict has led to an unusual announcement from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia.

      On May 18, it issued a warning to the public to avoid 11 people "who pose a significant risk to public safety".

      "Police believe that anyone with, or in the proximity to these individuals may be putting themselves at risk," it states. "CFSEU-BC is issuing a public warning and identifying them in order for family, friends, associates and the public to take measures to increase their own personal safety.

      The following people were named in the statement:

      • Shakiel BASRA (26 years old)
      • Albert DARIO (26 years old)
      • Barinder DHALIWAL (37 years old)
      • Meninder DHALIWAL (27 years old)
      • Samroop GILL (28 years old)
      • Sumdish GILL (27 years old)
      • Damion RYAN (40 years old)
      • Amarpreet SAMRA (26 years old)
      • Ravinder SAMRA (34 years old)
      • Joseph WHITLOCK (28 years old)
      • Min ZIN (21 years old)

      Three of the 11—Barinder Dhaliwal, Meninder Dhaliwal, and Damion Ryan—appeared in a similar statement issued by Vancouver police on May 17.

      Shooting timeline

      The latest spate of fatal shootings over this past month can be traced to an incident in mid-April. 

      April 17: The VPD stated on April 24 that 51-year-old Francois Joseph Gauthier was arrested and charged for the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Harpreet Singh Dhaliwal outside Cardero’s restaurant in Coal Harbour on April 17.

      April 19: 20-year-old Bailey McKinney was fatally shot in Town Centre Park in Coquitlam.

      April 21: 46-year-old Todd Gouwenberg of Langley was fatally shot outside the Langley Sportsplex.

      May 1: 29-year-old B.C. corrections officer Bikramdeep Randhawa died from a shooting at Scottsdale Centre in North Delta.

      May 3: In Langley, a man shot outside Willowbrook shopping centre was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but is expected to survive.

      May 4: In Surrey, 20-year-old Keryane Arsenault was shot in Guildford. Arsenault died from her injuries. A 24-year-old, Ali Khudhair, was charged on May 5. 

      May 8: In South Burnaby, 19-year-old Blerton (Toni) Dalipi died in hospital after being shot. A 20-year-old, Ahmed Riyaz Tahir, was charged on May 9.

      May 9: At the Vancouver International Airport, 28-year-old United Nations gang member Karman Grewal was shot and killed.

      May 13: In Burnaby, 23-year-old Jaskeert Kalkat died and two other people were injured in a shooting near the Cactus Club restaurant at Market Crossing mall.