Homicide police investigating 2 deadly shootings in Metro Vancouver

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Two deadly shootings discovered fewer than 12 hours apart are now under investigation by homicide police looking for clues in Burnaby and Surrey, B.C.

The first killing took place in Burnaby where RCMP and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said they found 32-year-old Chris Kenworthy dead from one or more gunshot wounds. They say it happened Wednesday night around 8 p.m. near Byrne Creek Ravine Park.

Sgt. Frank Jang of IHIT said this was a targeted shooting.

"He was found with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle... He was known to police," Jang said.

He said the vehicle was parked around 6500 block of Portland Street.

Deadly shooting in Surrey

Nearly 12 hours after the discovery of the Burnaby homicide, RCMP began looking into another shooting death in the vicinity of Surrey's Whalley and Guildford neighbourhoods.

IHIT says police officers were called after someone reported hearing gunshots just before 7:30 a.m. in the 10800 block of 139A Street.

Jang said a man and woman were found inside a home, both suffering from gunshot wounds.

Police said the man was not critically wounded, but the woman was in "grave" condition when both were taken to hospital. The woman did not survive.

"She was a young woman. She was in her early 20's. Our surviving victim is a man in his early 40's," Jang said.

Police believe the shooting was also targeted and there is no risk to the public. Investigators are not saying if the two shootings are related and do not know if they are gang related.

They are asking the public for help in both cases.

"We are appealing for any witnesses, anyone with dash cam video, any kind of surveillance video footage. If you are a business owner or a resident in that area, please come forward and help us solve this," Jang said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT Information Line at 1‐877‐551‐4448, or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp‐grc.gc.ca.