The victim in what police are calling a gang-related targeted shooting in Abbotsford on Thursday has been identified as 18-year-old Sehajdeep Sidhu.
Sidhu did not have a criminal record but was known to police, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).
Police were called to the area of Huntingdon and Gladwin roads after several 911 calls of gunshots.
When officers arrived on the scene they found a male victim in a parked car with gunshot wounds. The man, now identified as the 18-year-old Sidhu, later died at the scene.
IHIT believes Sidhu’s murder was targeted and linked to other gang violence that has been happening in the Lower Mainland.
Investigators said there were two other victims in the shooting, who are expected to survive.
For the people who are involved, the friends, the family, the associates, of Mr. Sidhu and his associates who are involved in the gang lifestyle, perhaps in drugs, in violence, that they need to get out,” IHIT spokesperson Corp. Frank Jang said at a press conference Friday afternoon.
“… Because just by associating with these people in this lifestyle, they’re putting themselves in danger.”
Based on evidence gathered, police believe there was a suspect vehicle that fled the scene after the shooting of Sidhu.
The suspect vehicle, which was a black Nissan Pathfinder, was found in the 27000-block of 60th Avenue in Langley about 30 minutes after the shooting.
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“This was a brazen shooting in a quiet residential area around dinner time. This incident showed a blatant disregard for the safety of the public,” IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang of said in a release.
“We know there are people out there who know the people involved. They have information. We need those people to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT or Crime Stoppers.