Sumeet Randhawa Latest To Be Gunned Down In Gang Warfare In Surrey
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced Friday that the latest young Indo-Canadian to killed in Surrey is 30-year-old Sumeet Randhawa. A Witness told the media Randhawa's killer waited inside a black SUV for around 20 minutes before stepping outside and opening fire on the 30-year-old gang associate. The killer also came back to make sure he got Randhawa, according to the witness.
By DESIBUZZCanada Staff
SURREY – Community groups keep making empty noise and blaming politicians for ongoing gang violence, meanwhile young Indo-Canadian men keep getting murdered on Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley streets.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced Friday that the latest young Indo-Canadian to killed in Surrey is 30-year-old Sumeet Randhawa.
A Witness told the media Randhawa's killer waited inside a black SUV for around 20 minutes before stepping outside and opening fire on the 30-year-old gang associate.
Surrey resident Mike Andrews told CTV News he observed the SUV Thursday afternoon from his sundeck, just down the road from the 130th Street shooting scene.
He wasn't watching when the shots rang out, but ran outside to see Randhawa, the son of one of his neighbours, bleeding on the ground.
"The guy is dead on the sidewalk," Andrews told CTV. "Then the (shooter) ran back to the SUV, got in it and then he went down north."
Chillingly, Andrews told CTV News he saw the same SUV return to the scene shortly after.
"Two or three minutes later he came back and drove past to make sure he got him, then he took off," Andrews said. "Crazy."
IHIT has confirmed that Randhawa was known to law enforcement, and that his killing appears to be targeted.
"He is believed to be involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict," Det. Lara Jansen said Thursday.
Surrey RCMP was called to the 6700-block of 130 Street for a report of a shooting on October 11, just before 2:00 p.m.
Responding members located Randhawa and attempted life-saving measures until the BC Ambulance Service and Surrey Fire Department took over, however the male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at scene.
IHIT is working closely with its partners including the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit, Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.
In order to further the investigation, IHIT is confirming the victim Randhawa was known to police, which usually means involved in the drug trade and gangs.
“This is believed to be a targeted incident related to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict and anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT” says Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT.
Darren Grieve of NEWS 1130’s Air Patrol, flew over the area where the shooting happened. He told his news station it’s a quiet, residential area, and three houses were taped off by police.
“What we see over top of here about 12 marked police cars and maybe seven or eight unmarked police cars as they start their investigation for this shooting,” Grieve said on Thursday. “It’s in a residential area. Most of the side streets are all culs-de-sac, so generally a pretty quiet area. Very close to an elementary school.”
Derrick Kramer lives in the area and said just after the shooting, he saw someone come out of a Hummer outside his home, jump into a blue car and drive away from the scene.
He said he’d never been this close to a shooting before.
“I heard four or five gunshots….right around 68th and 130th,” he said. “It’s like a lockdown. There’s guys with sub-machine guns walking around, cops and stuff.”
Blood was visible from the air above the scene, and the man's body could be seen under a tarp near the house.
The same residential neighbourhood was also the scene of a drive-by shooting back in May 2014, when bullets struck a nearby house that was fortunately empty at the time. Authorities said they found evidence that drugs had been sold at the property.
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).