Surrey residents safe in midst of shootings: RCMP
A man was found dead in this area near 127th Street and 112B Avenue in Surrey after the city's fourth homicide in two days, police say. (CTV)
Published Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:57AM PST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 15, 2013 3:44PM PST
Surrey Mounties are telling residents to have no fear after a recent spate of shootings that left four people dead in two days.
Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy said people in Surrey may be feeling unnerved in the aftermath of the murders, but asserted that the majority of residents are safe because they have no involvement with criminal activity.
“This is not television,” Fordy said in a news release. “The harsh reality is being played out here and now and is testament to the fact that the life expectancy of anyone involved in criminal gangs is very short.”
The statement came hours after a Surrey man died in what RCMP believe was a gang-related shooting Tuesday.
Manjinder “Manny” Hairan, 29, was killed in what appears to be a targeted homicide, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Pound said in a news release.
Hairan was found suffering from gunshot wounds and lying on a small grassy pathway near 127th Street and 112B Avenue at around 2 a.m. Tuesday, Pound said.
Police pronounced him dead on the scene.
Investigators later received information that a second male was injured and taken to hospital, but are not releasing his identity.
IHIT is working with Surrey RCMP to determine what happened, Pound said.
Hairan’s murder came after three people died in two separate shootings in Surrey on Sunday.
Police said Edward McGiveron and Geordie Carlow, both 33, were gunned down in an underground parkade. Though both men were known to police the homicide did not appear to be gang related, Pound said.
Hours earlier, Manjot Dhillon, 27, was killed in what police called a targeted shooting.
Court documents show Dhillon had several previous convictions for drug possession and trafficking.
Anyone with information on any of the shootings is asked to call IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if they wish to remain anonymous.