A Friday night shooting in Richmond that killed two people is not related to the Lower Mainland gang conflict, according to investigators.
Richmond RCMP arrived at a home near Westminster Highway and Barnard Drive around 8:40 p.m. and found two people deceased. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) says evidence indicates that this was an isolated incident, and one of the people who died was a victim of a homicide.
In the last year, there have been more than 20 homicides believed to be connected to the ongoing gang conflict. This includes at least five in Richmond—Anees Mohammed on Jan. 7, Dilraj Johal on Jan. 9, Chaten and Joban Dhindsa on March 19 and Karman Grewal on May 9. In May, the province’s anti-gang agency released names and photos of men who pose a risk if they are spotted.
“We are not looking for any outstanding suspects. We will be reaching out to family and friends of the persons involved, seeking information, and offering support,” said IHIT Sgt. David Lee about the most recent incident in Richmond.
Anyone who has information, or who was in the area of Barnard Drive and Westminster Highway in the hours leading up to the incident, is encouraged to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at email@example.com.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel