On Sunday, December 1, at approximately 10:51 p.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to reports of gunfire in the area of 136A Street and 114 Avenue.  Verron Nand, 21-years-old, was found on the ground with gunshot wounds along with a second male victim.  Nand was pronounced dead at scene and the second mal, who has not been identified, was taken to hospital and is currently in stable condition.

SURREY – The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has identified a South Asian man as the latest victim in gangland war-fare in the metro Vancouver area.

On Sunday, December 1, at approximately 10:51 p.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to reports of gunfire in the area of 136A Street and 114 Avenue.  Verron Nand, 21-years-old, was found on the ground with gunshot wounds along with a second male victim.  Nand was pronounced dead at scene and the second mal, who has not been identified, was taken to hospital and is currently in stable condition.

IHIT is calling on the public to assist in its ongoing homicide investigation in Surrey and is working closely with the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

“We believe this was a targeted shooting and determining the motive is one of our priorities right now,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.  “We are especially appealing to Verron’s closest friends and associates to help us understand why anyone would do him harm.”

There have been 18 homicides in Surrey so far this year, including this one.

Investigators said Monday both victims were in their early 20s and were known to police. Neither has been publicly identified in what police described as a targeted incident.

The shooting appears to have happened not far from a playground and some green space near Bolivar Park, right across from several homes.

One neighbour who only wanted to be identified by his first name, Gord, told CTV News he heard multiple shots.

“A bunch of rapid gunfire, I estimate six to eight shots within just a few seconds,” he said. “I saw them performing CPR on the victim just down by the tent there.”

A forensics unit was in the area Monday morning, marking and gathering evidence underneath a white police tent.

A newer-model white BMW parked not far from the tent appears to have two bullet holes near the drivers’ side door.

Another neighbour, who lives just metres away from the crime scene, said he also heard the gunfire Sunday night, soon followed by the sounds of police vehicles and ambulances.

“I’m kind of scared,” said Govind, who only wanted to provide his first name. “If there were kids or children playing they could be a victim of that.”

Several neighbours have commented that there have been problems in the park in the past, including drug activity.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is also looking into a burned vehicle that was found in Burnaby at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Sgt. Jang says it’s too soon to tell if that incident is linked to the shooting.

While the police have not given much information on the victims’ gang affiliation, the Vancouver Sun is reporting that the murdered young man was the associate of the Brothers Keepers gang, which has seen many of it’s members killed in gangland violence.

The BK has connections to the Hardside chapter of the Hells Angels, which has had two full-patch members slain in just over a year, reported the Sun.

Investigators want anyone with information about the shooting, or with dashcam footage from the area, to contact them at 1-877-551-4448 or ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.