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YVR shooting: IHIT, RCMP launch online portal to gather evidence

Last Updated May 14, 2021 at 8:50 pm PDT

RCMP officers set up road blocks after a shooting at Vancouver International Airport Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Ben Wilson, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Police are looking for images or videos captured at three different locations on May 9

The website says anything submitted to police online will be evidence, person who uploads could be called to testify

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) — Investigators have set up a website where people with video, dashcam footage or photos of the fatal shooting at YVR last week can easily share it with police.

On May 9, 28-year-old Karman Grewal was shot and killed around 3 p.m. outside the airport’s domestic terminal. The drivers fleeing the scene reportedly fired at members of the Richmond RCMP who responded to the reports of shots fired. Soon after, a burned-out vehicle was found in Surrey. The shooting is one of several brazen daylight shootings in the region recently that have been linked to the ongoing gang conflict in the Lower Mainland.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the Richmond RCMP are looking for images or video captured at three different locations.

First, anything from around 3 p.m. at Vancouver International Airport, particularly outside the international departure area. Second, any video from around the same time showing a Honda Pilot — the vehicle from which shots were apparently fired at police — in the area of Sea Island Way and Garden City Road. Last, any footage or photos from in or around an alleyway near the 9700-block of Princess Drive in Surrey at about 3:30 p.m.

The website makes it clear that anyone who submits evidence is not doing so anonymously.

“Information provided using this portal is NOT ANONYMOUS. You may be required to testify in court as a witness,” it reads.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, video showing someone lying on the pavement outside the airport, being tended to by a bystander and police officer, was posted online. Bullet casings littered the sidewalk. Dashcam footage that appeared to show the money shots were fired at Mounties was also shared.

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The Delta Police Department is offering a similar, online option for submitting evidence after a man was killed at a mall in their jurisdiction.

Bikramdeep Randhawa, 29,  was gunned down outside of Scottsdale Centre on May 1. Randhawa was a corrections officer and police are still trying to determine the motive for his killing. Almost immediately after that shooting, video also surfaced on social media. The footage seemed to show a man wielding a gun-running through the parking lot outside the Walmart, and getting into a vehicle that speeds off.