Fatal gang hit sparks Surrey police crackdown
Craig Widdifield, 28, died in Morgan Crossing mall parking lot Wednesday night
RCMP in Surrey say they plan to crack down on known gang members after a targeted shooting in a Morgan Creek parking lot last night left one gangster dead.
The victim, Craig Widdifield, 28, was known to police, according to Sgt. Jennifer Pound, spokeswoman for the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
Witnesses described hearing up to four gunshots, and then seeing Widdifield's body lying in a pool of blood next to his vehicle's open door just before 7 p.m. PT. Wednesday.
"IHIT believe the suspect fled the crime scene in a Jeep Cherokee and entered a silver or gray Volkswagen Passat in the area of 28th Avenue and 165 Street in Surrey," said a statement released by Pound.
Surrey RCMP promise crackdown
Surrey RCMP Chief Supt. Bill Fordy said Widdifield lived nearby, and that his death was likely the result of an ongoing turf war over drugs and drug money.
Fordy said he has instructed officers to seek out known gang members and tell them the shootings must stop. It's not acceptable to have a man sneak up on another man when there are children nearby, he said.
RCMP officers will target bars, restaurants and gyms and pressure them to disassociate from gang members and their money.
Fordy said he will also ask politicians to pass legislation to allow police officers to share pictures of known gang members with local business owners so the gangsters are refused entry.