January 20, 2018 1:16 am
Updated: January 21, 2018 1:32 am

IHIT identifies victim, vehicle of interest in fatal Abbotsford shooting

WATCH: An Abbotsford neighbourhood remains a crime scene after a man in his 20s was shot and killed Friday night. Julia Foy reports on the history of gun violence in the area.

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The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is looking into a fatal shooting in an Abbotsford neighbourhood that is no stranger to gun violence.

Police responded to multiple calls reporting shots fired in the 3500-block of Promontory Court in the Townline Hill area at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

Officers found a van with a man inside suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday, police identified him as 24-year-old Lovepreet “Jason” Dhaliwal.

Police said the shooting appears to be targeted, and have identified a black, four-door Acura TL as being potentially connected to the shooting.

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Investigators are expected to provide more information at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Townline Hill neighbourhood has experienced deadly violence in the past.

One of the worst incidents came in 2015 when a 74-year-old man was killed by a stray bullet.

Last year, Abbotsford Police issued a warning about gang violence. Months before that, Abbotsford’s police chief sent letters to the parents of suspected gang members, warning them their child’s life is in danger.

Anyone with information about Friday’s shooting is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

— With files from Paula Baker

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