It was a busy Friday night for crime detectives in Metro Vancouver, after a man died in an apparent homicide in Langley and another was injured in a shooting in Surrey.
The overnight police incidents followed another shooting in Coquitlam Friday afternoon.
Shortly before 9 pm, Langley RCMP were called to the Highway Hotel near the 20400-block of 88th Ave in Langley to attend an unconscious man.
RCMP found a man in medical distress, suffering from life threatening injuries. He died while being treated by paramedics, according to RCMP.
Langley RCMP suspected foul play and called in the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the coroner. Langley Mounties did not say how the man died. They are asking anyone with information to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at email@example.com
An hour and a half later, Surrey RCMP were called out to a targeted shooting in the Whalley neighbourhood. The call, about a possible shooting in the area of 13303 Central Ave came in at 11:30 pm, according to RCMP.
The Surrey Gang Enforcement Team attended the area and found evidence of a shooting. A short time later, a man arrived at a nearby hospital suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.
Surrey RCMP’s General Investigations Unit has now taken over the case. Officers are in the area collecting evidence, including CCTV footage.
It is believed to be a targeted shooting related to ongoing gang conflict in the Lower Mainland.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or solvecrime.ca.
The Surrey shooting follows another drug-trade related shooting Friday afternoon in Coquitlam. In that targeted attack, one man was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries after a shooting at around 3:30 pm in the 1600-block of Chickadee Place.
A short time later a vehicle fire, which is believed to be connected to the shooting, was reported in the 2200 block of Hope Street in Port Moody.
It’s not known yet whether the two shootings are linked but investigators say both the Surrey and the Coquitlam shootings are connected to gang violence in the Lower Mainland.
On Saturday afternoon, IHIT spokesperson Det. Cpl. Sukhi Dhesi said they still cannot confirm whether the Langley homicide is connected to gang violence.
Meantime, a homicide in Surrey’s Newton neighborhood on Friday morning is not believed to be linked to the gang trade, though police still do not have a motive or a suspect in that case.
Dhesi said there has been a noticeable increase in violence in the Lower Mainland, with IHIT investigating three homicides in four days.