A 25-year-old Indo-Canadian man was found fatally shot in the province of British Columbia on Sunday, police said, adding the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has identified the victim as Karnvir Singh Garcha, 25, alleged to have been involved in gang activities.
IHIT officials said that at 9.20 pm on Sunday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment in the city of Coquitlam responded to the shooting incident and upon reaching the spot, responding officers found Garcha suffering from gunshot wounds and immediately began lifesaving measures, however, he succumbed to his injuries.
Garcha had been dropped off at a condo complex minutes before he was fatally shot, police said.
“We are looking to speak with anyone who had contact with Garcha in the days leading up to the shooting, including the driver of the vehicle that dropped him off,” IHIT’s Timothy Pierotti said.
In December last year, Surrey RCMP issued a public safety warning for Garcha, and 22-year-old Harkirat Jhutty– the two Indo-Canadian men allegedly involved in gang activities.
A release from Surrey RCMP at the time said the warning was being issued due to “a significant threat to the public posed by these individuals through their connection to criminal activity and high levels of violence, police believe that anyone connected to or in proximity to them may be putting themselves at risk.”
“Due to their association with gang activity, the drug trade, and violent acts such as shootings, these individuals have put themselves, their families, and the community at risk,” the release stated.