Abbotsford shooting was targeted and linked to gangs: IHIT

FILE PHOTO: The suspect car that was stopped in Mission on February 20, 2017. Shane MacKichan

A 23-year-old man is dead following a targeted shooting, which police say is linked to gang violence, in Abbotsford on Monday morning.

Abbotsford Police responded to a report of shots being fired in the 30500-block of Steelhead Court on Feb. 20 just after 9:30 a.m. When police arrived, a male victim was found suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite attempts to save his life, the victim did not survive his injuries.

At the same time, the Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) saw a suspect vehicle flee the area and when police tried to pull it over, the driver continued to speed away. With some help from the Mission RCMP, the vehicle was eventually stopped with the use of a spike belt. Three men were taken into custody in Abbotsford.

The victim’s death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken over the case.

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β€œIt is still early in the investigation, and investigators are trying to determine what involvement, if any, the three males had in the homicide,” IHIT’s Cpl. Meghan Foster said in a statement.

Foster says they have since been released from custody, and are not facing any criminal charges.

The male victim has been identified as Satkar Singh Sidhu. Although Sidhu did not have a criminal record, he was known to police. From the evidence gathered so far by IHIT, police believe Sidhu’s murder was targeted and linked to other gang violence in the Lower Mainland.

β€œThis homicide was a brazen shooting that occurred in a quiet residential neighbourhood, and fortunately no one else was hurt,” Foster said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or Crime Stoppers.

WATCH: A gang war in the Townline Hill area of Abbotsford appears to have flared up again, with a deadly shooting and police chase that ended with arrests.

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