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Repeated calls for change after another shooting in Surrey

Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 6:12 pm PST

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No arrests after latest gunfire plays out on the streets of Surrey

Local activist wonders if Surrey should move towards a municipal police force

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – There was more gunfire in Surrey over the weekend after two men were injured during a daytime shooting around 86th Avenue and Prestige Place in the Fleetwood area on Sunday afternoon. And the latest gunfire is frustrating one local community activist who is fed up.

“We’re not going to put up with this. Enough is enough,” says Doug Elford with the Newton Community Association who is echoing the sentiments of many people south of the Fraser River.

He disputes the suggestion that some in his city look at the increasing number of shootings or shots fired calls over the last couple of years as just white noise. “It’s a real sad state of affairs when the residents in our community are beginning to accept the fact that gun battles are a part of daily life.”

Elford says the latest violence may also have some thinking, ‘here we go again.’ “Are we going to have to endure another season of rolling gun battles in our community? It’s something that’s just not acceptable to the people of Surrey. We shouldn’t have to live and expect these rolling gun battles through the course of our daily lives.”

Elford also wonders if the RCMP is doing enough and whether the idea of a municipal police force in Surrey would help.

Police say the latest shooting was a targeted hit. “Shootings of any kind are a concern to both police and the community, however, a mid-day shooting in a quite family neighbourhood displays disrespect coupled with a complete and utter callous disregard for the safety of the community,” says Staff Sergeant Dale Carr.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604.599.0502 or CrimeStoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS.