SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Two shootings within 24 violent hours left two people dead in Surrey and police investigating two burned-out vehicles South of the Fraser River.
While police say the first shooting was a targetted hit, in which a 19-year-old was killed, there is little known about the second.
Monday evening, shortly after the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) detailed the killing of Harman Singh Dhesi, another shooting was revealed to have taken place in the area of 148A Street and 110 Avenue.
IHIT hasn’t spoken yet about the second incident which is believed to have occurred around 7:30 Monday evening, the victim was found near 148A St and 110 Ave.
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In both cases police say burned-out vehicles were found shortly after and are being investigated as potentially linked.
‘He was barely an adult’
IHIT’S Frank Jang says Harmon Singh Dhesi was found with gunshot wounds in his vehicle, but later died of his injuries in hospital.
Dhesi was known to police, and IHIT’s number one priority is to determine a motive, Jang says.
“One of the things we’re doing is to look back into Harman Dhesi’s past and those specific interactions he had with police, and if he was with anyone during those interactions — we’re going to look into their backgrounds as well,” Jang says.
“It’s a tragic event. Harman Dhesi was 19-years-old. He was barely an adult,” Jang says, adding the man’s family is devastated to lose their son, especially given it’s happened during the holiday season.
Not clear if shootings are connected
Surrey RCMP have confirmed a second man was killed on Monday but whether or not the two cases have any connections has not been revealed.
One common feature of both investigations is that burned-out vehicles were found shortly after the shootings occurred.
A burning vehicle was found around 2 a.m. Monday, in Pitt Meadows around 176 Street and Ford Detour Road.
IHIT says a second burned-out vehicle was discovered Monday evening in Langley.
Investigators are seeking dashcam footage from either incident in Surrey as well as footage of the damaged and burned-out vehicles that may be connected.
Police are asking anyone who has information to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448 or to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if they wish to remain anonymous.
NEWS 1130 has reached out to IHIT for more information.
-with files from Lisa Steacy and Tarnjit Parmar