A Surrey man is one of three gangsters charged with the 2011 murder of Red Scorpion Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna.
Twenty-five-year old Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun of Surrey has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. Jason Thomas McBride, 37, and Michael Jones are also charged. All three are reported to have connections with the late Sukh Dhak, who had been killed in a gang shooting in Vancouver this past fall.
Bacon and several associates were shot at during a busy day in Kelowna's downtown area in August 2011.
The shooting killed Bacon and injured those he was with. No passersby were injured during the shooting, but the boldness of the hit reverberated throughout the province.
"This violent incident rocked the city of Kelowna in an act so brazen it might have been mistaken for an action movie," said Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, Chief Supt. Dan Malo during a news conference to announce the arrests. "We were all appalled by the public nature of this reckless act."
According to Malo, since Bacon's death, investigators had been working around the clock to tie people to the case, culminating in Monday's announcement.
"We've had over 50 investigators on this case (at any given time)," said Malo.
All three suspects are known to police and have ties to various criminal organizations throughout the province.
"All three individuals charged have in the past been associate to several different groups,' said Malo, noting that it would be difficult to describe any of them as belonging to just one group.
Khun-Khun has been shot at twice in the past, once in September 2011 and again last month while out with other gang associates.
He also has a number of incidents on his record, including having been arrested in Abbotsford in relation to a shooting and having been pulled over in August 2011 with a cache of drugs and $1,700. In 2007 Khun-Khun was also convicted of kidnapping following an incident that involved him holding a person hostage at gunpoint for several hours.
"In my many years investigating gangs and criminal cases, the one thing that always stands out is that organized crime groups do attract broken people," said Malo. "They're looking for connections, love and acceptance. They demand loyalty and give little in return."
- With files from Kim Bolan