Surrey's top cop Bill Fordy suggests it's gangsters - not law-abiding people - who should be most afraid about the recent shootings in Surrey.
Chief Supt. Bill Fordy, in charge of the Surrey RCMP, said Surrey residents are generally safe despite the recent spate of shootings on local streets as the homicides "all have a common theme - some relation to the criminal underworld.
"Here, like everywhere else, is not safe for those involved in the violent underworld subculture where the 'law of the jungle' still prevails," Fordy said.
"There is nothing glamorous about life in the underworld of crime. This is not television - the harsh reality is being played out here and now and is testament to the facts that the life expectancy of anyone involved in criminal gangs is very short.
"If you involve yourself in this level of criminal activity, the likelihood of you ending up dead in a ditch or in jail is very high," Fordy warned. "I would say it is inevitable."
Four men have been shot dead in Surrey since Sunday night and while police believe two of the shootings were gang related, they say they have no evidence that would connect the crimes.
"No, not at this point," Sgt. Jennifer Pound, spokeswoman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said Tuesday afternoon.
Manjinder "Manny" Hairan, 29, was found in an alley in Bridgeview, suffering from gunshot wounds, just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. The victim died at the scene, near 127th Street and 112B Avenue.
"Information was also received by investigators that a second male was injured and taken to hospital," Pound said. "His identity will not be released."
Neighbours heard as many as six shots. On Tuesday morning, IHIT had much of the neighbourhood cordoned off with yellow police tape as officers search the snow-covered ground for clues.
One woman who said she's lived in Bridgeview for 18 years, with her home abutting the lane, said her neighbourhood is a pleasant place to live.
"This is the first time this has happened near my house," said the woman, who asked that her name not be published. "Everybody watches each other."
Pound confirmed the shooting was "a targeted, gang-related homicide," as was the Sunday night shooting death of 27-year-old Surrey resident Manjot Dhillon. Dhillon was found lying in the road, near 168th Street and 76th Avenue, at about 7 p.m.
Dhillon died in hospital at 11:30 p.m. Within minutes of his death, there was another shooting, this time in Whalley.
Two men, whose names have not yet been released, were gunned down in a Cedar Hills parkade, in the 9400-block of 128th Street. "The victims have not been identified and a motive has not been determined," Pound said. Police are looking for a green SUV or pickup truck seen towing a box utility trailer from the scene.
Police anyone with information about these shootings to leave a message on the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT(4448).
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