SHAUGHNESSY SHOOTING SHAKES UP NEIGHBOURS
Couple linked to a company raided by police 3 years ago
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.”
A bullet hole pierces the front gate at 1178 Laurier Ave. in Shaughnessy, where a drive- by shooting took place.