SHAUGH­NESSY SHOOT­ING SHAKES UP NEIGH­BOURS

Cou­ple linked to a com­pany raided by po­lice 3 years ago

Vancouver Sun - - Front Page - BY KIM BOLAN

A quiet Shaugh­nessy neigh­bour­hood was rocked by a driveby shoot­ing early Wed­nes­day at the home of a cou­ple linked to a com­pany raided three years ago by the RCMP.

At least six shots were fired at the pala­tial res­i­dence of Scott Mar­shall and his wife Naomi John­ston at 1178 Lau­rier Ave.

Star­tled neigh­bours made fran­tic 911 calls when the shots ripped through the area about 1: 15 a. m. How­ever, when Van­cou­ver po­lice re­sponded, they were at first un­able to find the crime scene, Const. Howard Chow con­firmed.

No­body was home at the $ 4mil­lion man­sion that neigh­bours say was de­signed by renowned ar­chi­tect Arthur Erick­son.

Chow said a rel­a­tive of the home­own­ers turned up at 8: 30 a. m. to check on some land­scap­ing be­ing done on the prop­erty, saw the shell cas­ings and alerted VPD, who re­turned to the scene.

Van­cou­ver po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors were still search­ing for clues late Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Yel­low chalk cir­cles sur­rounded the spots where shell cas­ings had been re­cov­ered.

One bul­let pierced a brand­new sil­ver Mercedes that , ac­cord­ing to per­sonal prop­erty records, was leased by John­ston within the past two months. None of the bul­lets hit the house, which has two se­cu­rity cam­eras fas­tened un­der the eaves.

John­ston and Mar­shall pur­chased the home in May 2006 for $ 4,050,000, land ti­tle records show. Mar­shall then trans­ferred his in­ter­est in the house to John­ston for a dol­lar in Jan­uary 2007.

In early 2004, the RCMP’s In­te­grated Mar­ket En­force­ment Team raided the Van­cou­ver of­fices of Sil­ver Star En­ergy Ltd., al­leg­ing the com­pany was in­volved in a “ pump and dump” stock fraud.

Five peo­ple were named in the search war­rant, in­clud­ing Mar­shall, who had been a di­rec­tor of 1048136 Al­berta Ltd., which sold prop­er­ties to Sil­ver Star.

At the time, Sil­ver Star’s largest share­holder was Mar­shall’s busi­ness part­ner, Sak­winder Nar­wal, while John­ston held the sec­ond largest num­ber of Sil­ver Star shares.

De­spite the high- profile crim­i­nal probe, no charges were ever laid and po­lice now con­firm the file has been closed.

Nar­wal, who has been linked to sev­eral other U. S. penny stocks, is a close rel­a­tive of con­victed kid­nap­per Jethin­der Singh ( Ro­man) Nar­wal, who is now serv­ing a 15year sen­tence. At the time of his 2006 con­vic­tion, Ro­man owned stocks in three other com­pa­nies founded by Sak Nar­wal.

Ro­man’s late fa­ther, Av­tar Singh Nar­wal, was iden­ti­fied at the Air In­dia trial as a sus­pect in the 1985 Air In­dia bomb­ing.

No­body in the Mar­shall- John­ston house­hold could be reached for com­ment.

Records filed with the U. S. Se­cu­ri­ties Ex­change Com­mis­sion show that Mar­shall is still in­volved in two other en­ergy com­pa­nies called Cascade, in which Sak Nar­wal was also in­volved, and Fi­delis En­ergy.

Insp. Ge­orge Pem­ber­ton, of­fi­cer in charge of the mar­ket en­force­ment team, said Wed­nes­day “ the Sil­ver Star in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­cluded with­out charges.”

“ As far as to­day’s events, we are aware of them, but it is a Van­cou­ver po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We will cer­tainly pro­vide any as­sis­tance to them that we can, but it is pri­mar­ily their in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Pem­ber­ton said. He said he couldn’t com­ment on whether Mar­shall or John­ston have come to the at­ten­tion of po­lice in the last three years.

“ Un­less some­body has been charged, I wouldn’t dis­cuss what we know or don’t know about any­one,” Pem­ber­ton said. “ I can con­firm that we have been in con­tact with Van­cou­ver po­lice and we have of­fered them any as­sis­tance they re­quire.”

The cou­ple are not well known in the Shaugh­nessy neigh­bour­hood, which they moved to last year. Af­ter the shoot­ing Wed­nes­day, which dam­aged the front gate but lit­tle else, work­ers con­tin­ued to build a new drive­way in front and work at the rear of the house.

Nearby res­i­dent Scott Plear said it was def­i­nitely strange, given the tran­quil­ity of the area, to be awak­ened by gun­fire.

“ It is in­cred­i­bly rare to have some­thing like this hap­pen,” he said. Ex­cept for the shoot­ing, “ it was just so quiet last night.”

IAN SMITH/ VAN­COU­VER SUN

A bul­let hole pierces the front gate at 1178 Lau­rier Ave. in Shaugh­nessy, where a drive- by shoot­ing took place.

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