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'Targeted shootings' bring swarm of police to Surrey neighbourhood

Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm PDT

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No charges have been laid, and no suspects are still in custody

J.T. Elementary scheduled to re-open at 12:25 p.m.

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A pair of overnight shootings brought a very heavy police presence to the Newton neighbourhood, forcing an elementary school in the area to close for the morning.

Mounties have since cleared the scene, and classes at J.T. Brown Elementary School resumed.

Despite all the officers and police vehicles in the area, Surrey RCMP currently have nobody in custody for the shootings, and no charges have been laid.

Police say they first got a call of shots fired between two cars around 125th Street and 80th Avenue at around 12:15 a.m. When officers arrived, they found bullet casings, but no sign of the vehicles.

Three minutes later, police were called to 67B Avenue nearby for reports of a drive-by shooting. It appears as though a parked vehicle was the target.

No injuries were reported at either scene.

The investigation eventually led officers to a home on 58B Avenue, not far from J.T. Brown Elementary. Police have taken custody of that home, as well as a vehicle.

Police think the two shootings are linked and the parties involved are known to each other. The Surrey RCMP Serious Crimes Unit has been called in.

“Whenever there’s the threat of somebody having a firearm, we have to take all the precautions that are available to us,” says Cpl. Scotty Schumann, explaining the size of the response.

Witnesses described the area as swarming with helicopters, armoured police vehicles, and heavily-armed police officers.

Several roads were closed during the police operation, but have since re-opened.