SURREY (NEWS 1130) – One person is dead after a shooting in Langley, homicide investigators have confirmed.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called to the area of 53A Avenue and 207 Street late Tuesday.
“The Langley RCMP responded to the area … for a shooting,” Sgt. Frank Jang says. “When officers arrived they found a 22-year-old man dead inside the vehicle with gunshot wounds.”
The victim was known to police and Jang notes the shooting “has all the hallmarks of a targeted hit.”
“His murder may have ties to the drug trade,” he adds. However, Jang notes it’s not yet clear if this incident is linked to recent violence across the Lower Mainland.
Jang says a second man, who is in his early 20s, was also found with gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital. He’s expected to survive.
Surveillance footage provided to NEWS 1130 by a neighbour shows a dark truck jumping the curb and tearing down the street around 11:30 p.m.
“Jumped the curb onto the road down to 207th on 53A here. By the time he got to the end there, that’s when he stopped, and then I heard a whole bunch of loud bangs,” the resident, who provided the video, says.
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Witness has given me surveillance video of dark truck jumping the curb and tearing down the street before there is a number of “bangs” at 11:30 last night. pic.twitter.com/803L2137Yu
— Mike Lloyd (@llikemoyd) January 27, 2021
Jang says about 15 minutes after police were called to Langley, the Surrey RCMP received reports of a burning vehicle in the area of 180th Street and 19A Avenue.
“Our investigators are working to determine if there is a connection between the burned vehicle and this Langley homicide,” he explains. “So we’re asking anyone with dashcam video from the Langley scene and/or the Surrey scene to please contact us.”
He tells NEWS 1130 investigators are aware of a vehicle that left the Langley scene “very quickly” after the shooting, presumably carrying the shooter or shooters.
Jang notes it takes about 14 minutes to drive from where the men were found shot to where the vehicle was found in South Surrey.
“For anybody who knows this area well, it’s not a far off distance. So we believe a vehicle left (Langley) with the perpetrators. So there could be one vehicle, this burned vehicle that we found in South Surrey, but there could be other vehicles involved,” he explains.
A woman who lives in the area says police showed up around 12:30 a.m. and began knocking on doors.
“The RCMP are canvassing to see if anyone’s security cameras picked up anybody, possibly, who did this,” Chrissy tells NEWS 1130, adding she heard one of the cars “explode.”
IHIT does not believe there’s any risk to the public.
“Having said that, it is a tragic incident. It’s a senseless murder of a young man and there’s a family out there that’s waiting for answers,” Jang says.
If you have any information, you’re urged to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or firstname.lastname@example.org.