Family dog is Surrey’s latest shooting victim

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Two separate shooting incidents have left a 21-year-old man in hospital and a family dog dead.

Surrey RCMP say the first shooting incident was reported around 8 p.m. Monday night near 128th Street and 60th Avenue in Surrey.  Occupants of two vehicles exchanged gunfire before taking off. By the time the RCMP arrived, they say all that was left for them were shell casings and a vague description of one of the vehicles.   “A white Infiniti G35, or Mercedes C-class vehicle,” said RCMP Corp. Scotty Schumann. “We are still looking for those vehicles.” About 40 minutes later, a 21-year-old man walked into a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Schumann confirmed that while the man is known to police, he is cooperating.  RCMP are still investigating whether the two incidents are linked.  Four hours later, bullets tore through the front window and struck the front door of a residence on the 10100-block of 127th Street.

When officers entered the home, they found a single unharmed resident. Unfortunately, the family dog appears to have been killed.  “The poor dog was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Schumann.  RCMP suspect the second shooting was targeted, but say there is no evidence to connect it to the rash of drug-related gun violence that spiked in March.  Surrey RCMP are still collecting evidence at the scene with help from the Lower Mainland Forensic Identification Services.  “At this point we have not located any witnesses to this incident, but it’s possible someone in the neighbourhood saw a person or vehicle that looked suspicious,” says Schumann.  “We are asking anyone who may have seen anything at all to contact police with that information.”  There have now been 42 confirmed shootings in Surrey this year, but this is the first involving the death of a pet.   Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

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