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Fatal Burnaby shooting, Langley car fire linked to Lower Mainland gang conflict: police

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Homicide investigators have taken over an investigation into a targeted shooting at a Burnaby gas station on Sunday.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (HIT) confirmed Monday that the victim, 28-year-old Julian Johnson, died in the attack.

Police say Johnson was known to police, and that his death is believed to be linked to the Lower Mainland gang conflict. He was making a purchase when he was gunned down.

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It happened around 6:30 p.m. at a Chevron near Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way.

Burnaby RCMP said at the time that the victim was taken to hospital, but did not speak to injuries.

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“It was a brazen shooting, it happened in a public place around dinner time,” said IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang.

“We are so fortunate, we are so very thankful that nobody else was hurt.”

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Police say a black Nissan Rogue was seen fleeing the area eastbound on Highway 1.

Langley RCMP responded to reports of a vehicle fire near 206A Street and 73B Avenue Sunday night, which police believe to be the suspect vehicle.

Anyone with information or dashcam video shot in the following areas is asked to contact police:

  • Highway 1 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Area of 206A Street and 73B Avenue in Langley between 9:15 p.m. and 10 p.m.
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