A 28-year-old man died the day before Christmas after being shot at a holiday house party in Surrey's Newton neighbourhood.
Neighbours said they were woken sometime after 3 a.m. PT by the sound of gunshots coming from a beige home on 67A Avenue near 132nd Street.
Surrey RCMP and the BC Ambulance Service responded to the house just after 4 a.m., where they located the deceased 28-year-old.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in later Saturday morning to assist, but police are not yet certain it was the gunshot wound that killed him.
Sgt. Jennifer Pound said the victim did not live in the house and was just there for a party, but police still have many questions about what he was doing there.
"Clearly, when people are packing guns to a party we need to delve down and figure out what kind of house party this was," Pound said.
She said the victim did not have a criminal record.
Police are not releasing his name and are still in the process of contacting his family members.
Police are canvassing the immediate area for potential witnesses, and are asking anyone who attended the Christmas party to get in touch with them by calling the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police haven't been able to collect much information so far, Pound said.
"When police arrived on the scene everyone had pretty much dispersed," she said.
"The number of people that we have actually spoken with so far is minimal."