IHIT releases sketch of suspect in fatal taxi shooting in Surrey, B.C.

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Police have released this sketch of the suspect in a targeted shooting in Surrey, B.C. on Aug. 9. The shooting claimed the life of David Chavez-Jara. (Integrated Homicide Investigation Team - image credit)
Police have released this sketch of the suspect in a targeted shooting in Surrey, B.C. on Aug. 9. The shooting claimed the life of David Chavez-Jara. (Integrated Homicide Investigation Team - image credit)

Homicide investigators have released a sketch of the suspect in a targeted shooting in Surrey, B.C. on Aug. 9, which left a taxi passenger dead and his cab driver seriously injured.

David Chavez-Jara, 30, was shot on the 14800 block of 108 Avenue at a strip mall in front of a Church's Chicken and pronounced dead on the scene.

He was riding in a vehicle driven by a an employee of Newton Whalley Taxi Hi-Way Taxi Ltd. The driver was also shot and rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is sharing a forensic artist's sketch of the suspect in the incident, which they believe to be targeted, in the hopes that someone might recognize the alleged shooter.

Submitted by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT)
Submitted by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT)

IHIT says Chavez-Jara was known to police and had recently been convicted of drug trafficking.

"Such daylight shootings in commercial vehicles are never acceptable since they pose a major risk to both our drivers and the customers," said Gurminder Singh, general manager of the Newton-Whalley Taxi, in a statement.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect in the attack, or has more information about the case, is asked to call IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or email them at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.