The victim of a "sudden death" in Surrey Tuesday has been identified by homicide investigators.

Khan Micheal Bourne was found Tuesday afternoon lying on 114 Avenue between 132 and 133A streets. The 32-year-old was rushed to hospital for treatment of apparent gunshot wounds, but did not survive.

Officers say the Sechelt man was known to police, but few details have been provided about a possible motive.

"It is still early in the investigation but we believe Mr. Bourne was targeted for murder," Cpl. Frank Jang, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said Wednesday.

"He did have a criminal record, but as far as the motive… The most important thing right now, we're still trying to determine that – why exactly anybody would harm him."

Bourne's criminal past dates back to the mid-2000s. His record includes drug-related charges, and a conviction for possession.

A family member told CTV News Vancouver his loved ones are heartbroken.

Posts online describe Bourne as loving, good with kids and animals, and "one of the kindest people walking the earth."

A relative wrote on Facebook that he was respectful, fearless, handsome and strong.

IHIT said a vehicle was seen fleeing the scene immediately after Bourne was shot. They have not provided descriptions of the vehicle or any suspects.

Investigators ask any witnesses to come forward, as well as anyone with dash cam, surveillance or cellphone video captured in the area of the shooting.

Tips can be left with IHIT at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), by email, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

This is a developing news story and will be updated if further information becomes available.

With files from CTV News Vancouver's Allison Hurst in Surrey