ALDERGROVE (NEWS 1130) – Some police officers are having a hard time watching footage of a man being shot to death near the McDonald’s around 264th and 56th Avenue in Aldergrove on Tuesday evening just after 8 p.m.
The targeted shooting left a man in his 30s, who was known to police and had gang ties, dead. Investigators aren’t releasing his name as they try to track down his family.
Sgt. Frank Jang with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says soon after the shots rang out, witnesses came forward with the footage they had and turned it over.
“We’ve had a chance to look at the footage. I, myself, have seen it and I would describe it as shocking and traumatizing and we are very lucky that nobody else was hurt. If you saw the scene there was quite a great deal of damage to the restaurant and you’re left wondering how could nobody else have been hurt by this? We are very fortunate.”
Jang won’t go into detail about what’s in the footage because the killing is under investigation.
“It does show part of what happened and it’s going to form a large part of our investigation. From the video, it provides a great deal of information that we can use to find those responsible for this. But we’re also wanting to appeal to the broader community. I know there were a lot of people at the restaurant last night, many of whom we’ve spoken to, but understandably many were shocked at what happened. They left the scene without having spoken to police. Today’s appeal are to those folks who were there, who may have seen something and who were still trying to digest what happened, so we need your video footage if you have it — either it’s your dashcam video or your cellphone video or if you witnessed any of what happened last night, please contact Langley RCMP or IHIT.”
About 15 to 20 minutes after the shots rang out, investigators found the black SUV that left the scene on fire on a side street off of King and Lefeuvre Roads which is an area which isn’t typically busy but police are hoping anyone who may have seen the vehicle hand over their dashcam footage or tell police what they saw, including how many people were in the SUV.
Finding a burned out vehicle shortly after a homicide isn’t something new police are dealing with this.
There have been several similar cases over the last couple of years around the Lower Mainland but Jang explains it doesn’t necessarily make their job difficult.
“It is frustrating. It is challenging. We presume that when they do this it’s to get rid of the evidence but in a lot of cases, they’re not successful because we have forensic specialists that despite the fire, we can get in there and collect a great deal of forensic evidence, so that’s we’re doing. It is disheartening. It is concerning when you see these things especially when it happens in such a public space, like it did last night.”
Jang says they’re open to the idea more than one person is involved in this homicide.
Anyone with information can call IHIT at 1.877.551.IHIT (4448) or CrimeStoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477.)