Teen killed in targeted shooting in Surrey, B.C., after similar attack a day before

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SURREY, B.C. — Homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager in Surrey, B.C., the second deadly attack in the city in as many days.

Sgt. Frank Jang with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says the shooting happened Monday evening in the Guildford neighbourhood.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find a 14-year-old male dead from gunshot wounds.

Jang says the shooting is believed to be targeted and the victim was known to police.

The teenager had arrived in the area by taxi, and Jang says the taxi driver is co-operating with police.

Cpl. Elenore Sturko of the Surrey RCMP says there will be an increased number of police seen across the city as a result of the shooting.

"Most of us cannot begin to fathom that someone as young as 14-years-old could be shot and murdered; it’s very disturbing," she says in a news release.

It's the second shooting in the Surrey area, following a Sunday night shooting in the Whalley neighbourhood that killed 19-year-old Harman Singh Dhesi.

Jang says Dhesi was known to police and his death and Monday's shooting both appear to have been targeted.

Police say a burning vehicle was found not far from the scene in each of the cases and officers are trying to determine if there are any links.

Jang has appealed for dash cam or surveillance video from anyone in the areas of the Sunday or Monday attacks.

There have been four fatal shootings in Surrey since Nov. 29, when 29-year-old Riyad Rasheed was gunned down outside a shopping mall.

Police have said that attack was likely linked to ongoing conflicts between Lower Mainland gangs.

They have not given a motive for the shooting that killed 29-year-old Lisa Ellie Marie Baines on Dec. 3. She was found dead in her car near her Surrey home, after what investigators first thought was a crash but later determined to be a homicide.

Jang has said that shooting appears to have been isolated and unrelated to gangs or drugs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 29, 2020.

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