Body linked to other fa­tal gang­ster shoot­ing

The Province - - NEWS - JEN­NIFER SALT­MAN jen­salt­man@post­media.com twit­ter.com/jen­salt­man

A Co­quit­lam gang as­so­ciate whose body was found in a Rich­mond park this week was a fre­quent visi­tor to Kam­loops and was with a found­ing mem­ber of the Red Scor­pi­ons when he was gunned down last month in that In­te­rior city, po­lice say.

Ibrahim Am­jad Ibrahim, 30, was found dead from gun­shot wounds in Rich­mond’s Gar­den City Park on Tues­day morn­ing. He was known to po­lice and was one of five men who were the sub­ject of a warn­ing from Sur­rey RCMP this sum­mer.

Po­lice made Ibrahim’s name and face pub­lic be­cause he was in­volved in the Lower Main­land gang con­flict, had been the tar­get of gun­fire in Sur­rey, and had re­fused to co­op­er­ate with po­lice.

De­spite that warn­ing, Kam­loops RCMP have con­firmed, Ibrahim was in the com­pany of Kon­aam Shirzad when Shirzad was shot dead on the evening of Sept. 21. A sec­ond man was in­jured and taken to Royal In­land Hospi­tal.

Ibrahim was not in­jured in the shoot­ing and, true to form, he did not co­op­er­ate with po­lice, which hin­dered their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“That is all part of the cul­ture of the crim­i­nal un­der­world,” said Kam­loops RCMP Staff Sgt. Si­mon Pil­lay. “At ev­ery shoot­ing scene, at ev­ery homi­cide, we’re al­ways ap­peal­ing to those who ... sur­vive to do the right thing and co­op­er­ate with the po­lice and we can put into place our own safety mea­sures. But ob­vi­ously that didn’t work in this case.”

Pil­lay said Ibrahim was well­known to po­lice in Kam­loops and had been seen in Shirzad’s com­pany many times.

“The two to­gether, what they were do­ing that par­tic­u­lar day, what they were en­gaged in, is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Pil­lay.

When asked if po­lice be­lieve there is a con­nec­tion be­tween the mur­ders of Shirzad and Ibrahim, Pil­lay said it is too early to know, but Kam­loops in­ves­ti­ga­tors are in con­tact with the Rich­mond RCMP and In­te­grated Homi­cide In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team.

Pil­lay said Kam­loops RCMP were aware of the Sur­rey de­tach­ment’s pub­lic warn­ing re­gard­ing Ibrahim.

“That was quite a high-pro­file ma­noeu­vre, try­ing, ul­ti­mately, to en­sure the pub­lic’s safety be­cause es­sen­tially what the sit­u­a­tion is with some of these gang­sters is they are be­ing tar­geted so reg­u­larly that they be­come a haz­ard to any­body who’s as­so­ci­ated with them,” Pil­lay said.

Staff Sgt. Lind­sey Houghton, spokesman for the Com­bined Forces Spe­cial En­force­ment Unit, B.C.’s anti-gang po­lice agency, said Ibrahim’s death was not un­ex­pected.

“It comes as no sur­prise to us — it cer­tainly comes as no sur­prise to me,” Houghton said. “His name is yet another name that we’re go­ing to add to the list of in­di­vid­u­als who have been in­volved in this life­style for a num­ber of years who we’ve warned, who we’ve warned the pub­lic about, yet here he is as another statis­tic.”

Sur­rey RCMP con­firmed that the four other men whose names and pho­tos were re­leased at the same time as Ibrahim’s — Kar­man Gre­wal of Van­cou­ver, Man­bir Gre­wal of Co­quit­lam, and In­dervir Jo­hal and Harmeet Sanghera of Sur­rey — con­tinue to be un­co­op­er­a­tive and are still con­sid­ered pub­lic safety risks.

On Thurs­day, two days af­ter Ibrahim’s body was dis­cov­ered, the B.C. gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to con­tinue fund­ing of $500,000 per year for the Sur­rey Wra­paround (Wrap) Pro­gram, which is aimed at pre­vent­ing youths from join­ing gangs by form­ing pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships be­tween stu­dents and their schools, com­mu­ni­ties and homes.

Pre­mier John Hor­gan, who made the an­nounce­ment, was fol­low­ing through on a prom­ise made dur­ing the pro­vin­cial elec­tion cam­paign ear­lier this year.

SHANE MACKICHAN/PNG FILES

RCMP in Kam­loops are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Sept. 21 fa­tal shoot­ing of Kon­aam Shirzad. RCMP have con­firmed Ibrahim Am­jad Ibrahim was with Shirzad dur­ing the shoot­ing. Ibrahim him­self was fa­tally shot on Tues­day morn­ing.

IBRAHIM AM­JAD IBRAHIM

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