Sur­rey homi­cide vic­tim had been shot once be­fore

22-year-old Pardeep Singh was linked to gang life, was also shot and wounded in 2015

The Province - - FRONT PAGE - KIM BOLAN AND HAR­RI­SON MOONEY

A young Sur­rey man with gang links is the lat­est to die in a tar­geted mur­der.

The In­te­grated Homi­cide In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team said Wed­nes­day that Pardeep Singh, 22, was shot to death in the drive­way of his Cloverdale home Tuesday night.

“Mr. Singh was known to po­lice, and was as­so­ci­ated to gangs. In­ves­ti­ga­tors are work­ing to de­ter­mine mo­tive, but be­lieve that Mr. Singh’s mur­der was tar­geted,” Cpl. Meghan Foster said in a news re­lease.

Singh’s gang ac­tiv­ity came to light when he was shot and wounded in March 2015, dur­ing a spree of heavy gang ac­tiv­ity that saw six shoot­ings over a two-day span. He re­fused to co-op­er­ate with po­lice af­ter the in­ci­dent and was named by po­lice as an as­so­ciate of three of the other men in­volved in the shoot­ings.

“These peo­ple are clearly vi­o­lent and have shown a com­plete dis­re­gard for public safety,” then-Sur­rey RCMP Chief Supt. Bill Fordy said at the time.

Vi­o­lence erupted again Tuesday evening, this time cost­ing Singh his life.

Staff Sgt. Dale Carr said that po­lice re­sponded to re­ports of a shoot­ing in the 6300-block 166 Street at about 8:45 p.m.

“Once of­fi­cers were on scene, they dis­cov­ered a de­ceased male in a ve­hi­cle on the drive­way of his home,” Carr said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are now look­ing for a sus­pect ve­hi­cle, a light-coloured mini­van, that fled the area af­ter the shoot­ing oc­curred, Carr said, adding that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are con­duct­ing neigh­bour­hood can­vass­ing and speak­ing with wit­nesses to ob­tain fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

For­mer so­lic­i­tor gen­eral Kash Heed, a long­time Van­cou­ver cop, says he was not sur­prised by the lat­est shoot­ing.

“I think the com­mu­nity needs to be alarmed,” he said.

“This vi­o­lence has con­tin­ued for quite a pe­riod of time, it will con­tinue for a pe­riod of time un­til peo­ple start to re­al­ize that they’ve had enough and a com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy is put in place and peo­ple are held ac­count­able to make sure we’re deal­ing with the vi­o­lence once and for all,” he said.

Un­til that strat­egy is im­ple­mented, Heed said, “these un­for­tu­nate mur­ders will con­tinue to take place and the public will be at risk.”

“The prob­lem we have right now is the fact that when we do take out an in­di­vid­ual, whether it’s through law en­force­ment ply­ing in­ves­tiga­tive tech­niques or whether its an­other gang tak­ing out an in­di­vid­ual like it ap­pears we had in Cloverdale (Tuesday) night, the void is so eas­ily filled.”

CUR­TIS KREKLAU

The In­te­grated Homi­cide In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team said in a re­lease that Pardeep Singh, 22, who was known to po­lice and was ‘as­so­ci­ated to gangs,’ was shot to death in the drive­way of his Cloverdale home Tuesday night. Po­lice be­lieve the mur­der was tar­geted.

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