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Man found dead in Richmond, homicide treated as targeted hit

Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 5:54 pm PDT

(James Cybulski, NEWS 1130 Photo)

No arrests, suspect description after victim discovered in vehicle

Neighbours say they heard several shots around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – It appears to be Metro Vancouver’s first homicide of the year. Richmond RCMP say they received several reports of a gunshots around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and once officers arrived they found a dead man in the cabin of a Jeep SUV. The vehicle was still running when members arrived.

This is be treated as a targeted hit and the victim has been identified as 21-year-old Vancouver man Calvin Chi Hang Zhao.

The area around Granville Avenue and Ash Street was behind yellow police tape for several hours as police try to piece together exactly what happened and gather evidence.

“There was at least 10 shots rapid fire from an automatic or semi-automatic anyways,” described Greg, who lives just steps from where the shooting took place. “I looked out the window and couldn’t see anything, there were no sirens so I went to bed.”

It wasn’t until he awoke early this morning that he realized someone had died close by his home. Nevertheless, Greg says he isn’t concerned about the violence in his neighbourhood which he describes as pretty quiet and fairly friendly community. “It’s an isolated incident. Could happen anywhere in the city these days.”

Mounties say the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called in to take over the file.

Both agencies are now asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the IHIT tipline at 1.877.551.IHIT (4448) or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477).