UN gangster slain leaving wedding
Shaken guests hide behind partition; retaliation against rival gangs a worry
A United Nations gangster was shot to death early Sunday morning after leaving a wedding at Vancouver's Fraserview Hall.
Amarpreet (Chucky) Samra, 28, had been on the dance floor with other wedding guests less than 30 minutes before he was shot on Fraser Street between just before 1:30 a.m.
One guest told Postmedia that someone came back into the hall after the shooting and yelled at the DJ to turn off the music. The 50 to 60 guests remaining inside at the time then hid behind a partition at the back of the hall, not knowing if there was an active shooter nearby.
Another wedding guest said it sounded like “a machine-gun” was used.
Sources said the killer or killers are likely from the rival Brothers Keepers group. A burning vehicle that may be linked to the suspect or suspects was later found near the Surrey-Delta border.
Police are concerned about possible retaliation.
Both Samra and his older brother, Ravinder, were invited guests at the wedding.
They are aligned with the UN gang, which has been involved in a decade-long conflict with rivals that now reaches across the province and beyond. The BK, Wolfpack alliance and Red Scorpion gang have all been at war with the UN.
Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin said Sunday that 911 calls about the shooting started coming in at 1:30 a.m.
“Patrol officers performed CPR on the victim until paramedics arrived, but he died from his injuries,” she said.
“Investigators believe this was a targeted shooting related to the ongoing gang conflict.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the VPD's homicide unit at 604-717-2500. Officers remained on the scene until late morning collecting evidence.
Amarpreet Samra had a long history with police. He and two associates were convicted of kidnapping and forcible confinement after they grabbed a man in October 2015 and extorted his family for money. After his release from jail in 2018, he had a confrontation with Richmond RCMP in which a loaded handgun was found in a bag he was carrying.
Samra has also been the subject of two civil forfeiture cases where the B.C. government obtained orders to seize his vehicle and tens of thousands in cash.
The first case, filed in January 2016, resulted in the seizure of a 2004 Porsche Cayenne he owned. The civil forfeiture office said the car had been used on June 8, 2015, to shoot up an Earl's Restaurant in Surrey.
“Surrey RCMP members attending at the scene located bullet fragments and broken glass. Subsequent investigation confirmed that bullets from the shooting narrowly missed an uninvolved family who were dining on the restaurant's patio,” the lawsuit said.
The second lawsuit, filed in June 2017, related to the 2015 kidnapping. The government agency asked to keep $45,000 seized from a stolen Mustang that fled as Surrey RCMP attempted to pull it over on Oct. 15, 2015. And the agency wanted another $6,522 that Samra was carrying forfeited.
The statement of claim said Samra and his associate ditched the Mustang and were arrested with the help of a police dog. A handgun was later located in recycling bin. All but $9,000 of the cash was forfeited to the government.
Both Samra brothers were on a poster issued by B.C.'s anti-gang agency last August that warned they could be targeted by rivals and urged the public to steer clear of them and others on the list.
At the time, Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said agencies across the Lower Mainland know of “several conflicts involving numerous crime groups that have resulted in murders and attempted murders in recent months in public places.
“Police are expecting the violence to continue in the coming weeks and months as these individuals continue to involve themselves in illicit activities dangerous to themselves and the public.”
The public is being urged to avoid interacting with them “as police believe these individuals may be targets for future violence.”
Amarpreet Samra is also believed to have been the intended target of a May 2021 shooting in North Delta that resulted in the slaying of correctional officer Bikramdeep Randhawa.
Randhawa was gunned down in the parking lot of a Walmart on Scott Road. Delta Police later confirmed he was a victim of mistaken identity. Postmedia sources said Samra lived near Randhawa at the time and drove a similar vehicle.
Police are expecting the violence to continue in the coming weeks and months.” SGT. BRENDA WINPENNY IN 2022