A 14-year-old boy was killed in a targeted shooting in Surrey on Monday night, investigators say.
Family has identified the victim as Tequel Willis.
Just after 7:30 p.m., officers were called to the area of 110 Avenue and 148A Street for reports of a male suffering from gunshot wounds.
Investigators have since learned that the teenage victim took a taxi to the area. The cab driver wasn’t harmed and is cooperating with police.
“Our investigators are working hard right now to determine exactly why anyone would do harm to this young man,” Sgt. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Tuesday.
About 30 minutes after the shooting, Langley fire crews responded to reports of a burning vehicle in the 21400 block of 76th Avenue.
Jang said investigators are working to determine if there is a link between Monday’s fatal shooting and the burned vehicle.
Surrey RCMP Sgt. Elenore Sturko said the “the shooting placed the public at risk” and enforcement is being stepped up.
“It’s likely that the public has many questions about how someone so young could be involved in a lifestyle that would put them at risk for such a violent and tragic death,” she said.
“Regardless of their background or circumstances, the senseless loss of life is a tragedy.”
Monday’s shooting comes after 19-year-old Harman Singh Dhesi was shot and killed on Sunday night.
Dhesi was known to police and the shooting appears to have been targeted.
Investigators are not ruling out a connection between the two shootings.