Police identify victim of shooting near school in Surrey, B.C.
Death of Sumeet Randhawa, 30, believed to be related to Lower Mainland gang conflict
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has identified the man fatally shot in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday afternoon.
According to a release from IHIT, 30-year-old Sumeet Randhawa of Surrey succumbed to gunshot wounds at the scene.
Police also said the shooting did not appear to be a random act.
"This is believed to be a targeted incident related to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict, and anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT," detective Lara Jansen of IHIT said in the release.
Police said they were called to the 6700 block of 130 Street — a quiet residential neighbourhood — just before 2 p.m. PT for a report of a shooting.
Responding officers found Randhawa and tried to revive him until the BC Ambulance Service and Surrey Fire Department took over, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim, an adult male, has died from his injuries. The area will be cordoned off for some time. Any further updates will come from the <a href="https://twitter.com/HomicideTeam?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HomicideTeam</a>. <a href="https://t.co/y9kYzfLQBJ">https://t.co/y9kYzfLQBJ</a>—@SurreyRCMP
Police have closed 130 Street between 64th and 68th Avenue and said it will remain that way for "a significant amount of time."
The location of the shooting is about 200 metres from Martha Jane Norris Elementary School.
According to Surrey School District, the school was in a lockout for about 25 minutes, ending at about 2:45 p.m.
IHIT, the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit, Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service are now working together to gather evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).