Daylight shooting on busy Surrey street sends man to hospital
Surrey RCMP is investigating after a brazen daylight shooting sent a man to hospital early Saturday evening.
Police arrived at the busy intersection of 75A Avenue and Scott Road around 6:25 p.m. after reports of shots fired.
A man was found with injuries from the shooting inside a bullet-riddled silver SUV. He was rushed to hospital but police say he was conscious and able to speak.
Twelve-year-old Mustafa Alsasahi heard the gunfire.
“It was just repeated, six gunshots,” he told CTV News. “Like bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.”
One of his first concerns was for children using a nearby playground.
“There were some kids outside. If they were hit it would have been pretty bad,” Alsasahi said.
An investigation is ongoing, and no one has been arrested. Police believe the incident was a targeted attack.
This was the second Surrey shooting within 24 hours.
South Surrey residents were jolted from their sleep early in the morning after bullets were shot into a home with people inside.
Mounties say someone opened fired on a home in the 1700-block of King George Boulevard around 3:30 a.m.
Several people were inside the house, but no one was injured.
Police say there have been 39 gunfire-related incidents so far this year - four of them this week alone.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark said on Saturday that police are working hard to bring the problem under control.
“They are having some successes that they haven't yet publicized, they don't want to jeopardize any future possibility of future arrests,” she said.
But for some neighbours, frustration is mounting.
“This is happening so much we’re getting used to it, which is not good,” said Jennifer Peat.
“What’s it going to take? That some very innocent people get killed in the middle of something like this before we do something? How we can we take our community back?”
Anyone with further information about either shooting who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact RCMP at 604-599-0502.
Check out an interactive map of all 2016 Surrey shootings here.
With files from CTV Vancouver’s Michele Brunoro