Body in Rich­mond linked to fa­tal gang­ster shoot­ing

Gunned down 30-year-old was with Red Scor­pi­ons co-founder when he was killed

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - 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 co-op­er­ate with po­lice. The pub­lic was warned against as­so­ci­at­ing with him.

De­spite that warn­ing, Kam­loops RCMP have con­firmed, Ibrahim was with Kon­aam Shirzad when Shirzad was shot dead on the evening of Sept. 21. A sec­ond man was in­jured.

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

“That is all part of the cul­ture of the crim­i­nal un­der­world,” Kam­loops RCMP Staff Sgt. Si­mon Pil­lay said.

“At ev­ery shoot­ing scene, at ev­ery homi­cide, we’re al­ways ap­peal­ing to those who ... sur­vive to do the right thing and co-op­er­ate 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,” Pil­lay said. “For them to work col­lab­o­ra­tively in the gen­eral con­text of or­ga­nized crime is some­thing that we have seen in the past.”

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.

“It has hap­pened many, many times be­fore, and it will hap­pen again.”

Sur­rey RCMP con­firmed 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 unco-op­er­a­tive and are 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 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.

The pro­gram is a part­ner­ship between the Sur­rey School District, City of Sur­rey and Sur­rey RCMP and has been around since 2009. About 100 stu­dents are tak­ing part in the pro­gram, which to date has re­ceived 600 re­fer­rals and helped 300 stu­dents and their fam­i­lies.

SHANE MACKICHAN

Ibrahim Am­jad Ibrahim of Co­quit­lam did not co-op­er­ate with RCMP af­ter the tar­geted shoot­ing on Sept. 21 of 34-year-old Kon­aam Shirzad in Kam­loops.

Ibrahim Am­jad Ibrahim

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