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IHIT called in after young man shot to death in Abbotsford

Last Updated Sep 1, 2017 at 3:16 pm PST

(Photo courtesy Kevin A. Macdonald)

Police responded to reports of shots fired around 6 p.m.

One young man is dead after a shooting near an elementary school

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – Homicide investigators have identified the victim of a “brazen” shooting in Abbotsford yesterday as an 18-year-old man who didn’t have a criminal record, but was known to police.

Investigators have revealed there were two more victims of the shooting, including a 17-year-old, and they are expected to survive. Neither of those two people were at the scene when police arrived.

Sehajdeep Sidhu was found dead near the South Poplar Elementary School, at Gladwin Rd and Huntingdon Rd about 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

“It started with 911 calls, reporting shots fired. We descend on that area and regrettably, come across a deceased male,” says Constable Ian MacDonald with Abbotsford Police.

Sidhu did not have a criminal record but was known to police. Investigators believe the shooting was targeted.

A suspect vehicle, a black Nissan Pathfinder, fled the scene and was found in Langley half an hour after the shooting.

The force’s Major Crimes Unit and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team are handling the case.

“There are a number of elements that are still being chased down,” says MacDonald.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Or to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

“This was a brazen shooting in a quiet residential area around dinner time,” Corporal Frank Jang with IHIT says. “This incident showed a blatant disregard for the safety of the public. We know there are people out there, who know the people involved. They have information. We need those people to come forward.”

“It’s concerning. As somebody who lives in the Lower Mainland, as a citizen and as a police officer, it’s alarming to me as well.”

Jang says investigators are speaking with people who have information about the shooting.