Mom shot dead in Surrey while driving with son identified
Published Tuesday, February 17, 2009 12:37PM PST
RCMP has identified the woman shot to death in a car in Surrey, B.C., on Monday morning as 23-year-old Nicole Marie Alemy of White Rock, B.C.
Her four-year-old son was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle at the time of the attack.
RCMP Cpl. Dale Carr of the Lower Mainland Integrated Homicide Team (IHIT) said Monday he was "amazed" the boy was unharmed. "He seems to be doing just fine," he said.
It appears the woman may have been shot in the head.
This incident looks to be the latest in a series of shootings in the Metro Vancouver region, which has alarmed authorities, and prompted the provincial government to add more at least 168 more police officers and resources to deal with the outbreak of violent gun play.
Investigators say Alemy was caught in a hail of bullets in the 96th Street and 148th area of Surrey, B.C., which left her 4-year-old son apparently traumatized, but otherwise unharmed.
Just after 11:00 a.m. Monday, CTV Chopper 9 captured video of a white Cadillac sedan covered in a yellow tarpaulin, and parked on the sidewalk.
It comes less than 12 hours after another shooting in Metro Vancouver.
In that incident, shell casings were found at 104th St. and East Whalley Ring Road outside of a strip club in Surrey B.C., just after midnight.
Police say no victims were found at the scene but RCMP stopped a Range Rover riddled with at least four bullet holes in the neighbouring suburb of Langley, B.C. Inside a man was shot and taken to hospital. His condition is unknown.
Investigators believe the shooting is the latest in a string of deadly gang incidents to plague the Metro Vancouver area.
"This has got to stop,'' said Tracy Flamand, whose truck was almost hit by Alemy's Cadillac before he jumped out of his vehicle and guided the car off the road toward a safe berth on the sidewalk.
It was the sight of the boy in the rear seat of the car, which prompted him to take action.
When he and a local doctor went over to look inside the luxury sedan, they discovered the lifeless body of the woman with two bullet holes in her side. "I pretty much knew she was gone,'' he said.
The boy was still in the back seat and obviously traumatized. He was taken into care.
"He will need counseling, that's for sure,'' said Flamand.
Flamand said this latest incident may be a sign that gang warfare in Metro Vancouver is getting out of control. "Now that they are going after families, the gloves are off.'' He said.
With a report by CTV British Columbia's Julia Foy