South Vancouver shooting leaves 44-year-old man dead in his vehicle

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      Another fatal shooting has taken place in the Lower Mainland, this time in South Vancouver.

      The Vancouver Police Department stated today that around 10 p.m. yesterday (June 4), police responded to 911 calls about gunfire at Riverfront Park near Kent Avenue and Kerr Street.

      Upon arrival at the scene, police found 44-year-old Alvis Anjesh Singh dead in his vehicle. This is the eighth homicide in Vancouver this year.

      Investigators believe that the suspect’s vehicle drove east on Kent Avenue after the shots were fired. Police are searching for three people seen inside that vehicle, which is described as a silver SUV with a sunroof.

      A few minutes after the shooting, a burnt out SUV was located near Sexsmith Elementary School near West 59th Avenue and Ontario Street.

      Although the investigation is still in its early phases, investigators believe that this burnt vehicle is linked to the fatal shooting.

      No arrests have been made yet.

      The VPD has not yet stated whether this incident is linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict. However, the Vancouver Sun reported that Singh did have links to members of criminal organizations and that it was a targeted shooting.

      Investigators are seeking to speak with anyone with further information or who has dashcam footage in the area of Langara Golf Course and Sexsmith Elementary School between 9 and 11 p.m. on June 4.

      The VPD Homicide Unit can be reached at 604-717-2500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

      A spate of fatal and often brazen shootings, sometimes in busy locations, have been taking place across Metro Vancouver in recent months, with shootings in Nanaimo and Calgary potentially linked to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

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