Do right thing and help end shooting spree

It’s beyond-belief miraculous that nobody has been killed, innocent or otherwise, in the 21 shootings on local streets since March 9. Police say two groups – of South Asian and Somalian decent – are fighting over drug turf here. So far, there have been 18 shootings in Surrey and three in North Delta – that is, as of press time.

It’s getting hard to keep track. In fact, we learned about the most recent shooting in Newton – which happened early Wednesday morning – as this editorial was being written.

Surrey and Delta’s top cops, Bill Fordy and Lyle Beaudoin respectively, publicly appealed this week to the friends and families of those suspected to be involved in the shootings to do everything they can to help the madness stop.

Fordy indicates that those appeals have been met with "limited" success.

"In a perfect world," he noted, the families of these young men would "rally around" them, help them to "change the trajectory of their lives so they don’t end up in a position where they’re not able to co-operate with police, in other words, they’ve lost their lives."

He noted some families were surprised to learn of their relative’s alleged involvement, some were in denial, and others were "flat-out" not supportive of police.

Indeed, the police and local politicians are under a lot of pressure to make this nonsense stop.

But the fact of the matter is, if people want to shoot at each other, they will.

Three days after the first in a rapid series of shootings, the Surrey RCMP held a press conference on March 12 that garnered many tips and led to one arrest, at least.

Police investigators need some brave souls to stand up, do the right thing and tell them what they need to know about the people behind these shootings before somebody gets killed, again, innocent or otherwise.

So far, it hasn’t happened, but odds are certainly indicating that it will.

The Now

Just Posted

Findlay to be next CPC candidate for South Surrey-White Rock

Former cabinet minister lost 2017 election to Liberal Gordie Hogg

Teenage girl, 17, accused of stabbing girl, 16, in Surrey

Victim’s injuries not life-threatening

Fledgling Surrey City Orchestra tunes up for showcase concert Friday

Conductor Stuart Martin’s four-year goal is to build a core group of about 60 Surrey-based musicians

Fraser Health to buy two private MRI clinics in Surrey, Abbotsford

New clinics will provide 2,000 more MRIs by fiscal year-end

Safe Surrey Coalition opposes removing any property from ALR

McCallum and Pettigrew take issue with a Port Kells proposal to exclude property from the Agricultural Land Reserve

Live bear cam: Let the fishing begin

Watch bears in Alaska’s Katmai National Park catch their dinner live.

Fraser River First Nations say they aren’t getting their share of sockeye salmon

Shortage is a result of decisions made by DFO, not a shortage of sockeye, complaint says

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

B.C. electric vehicle subsidy fund drains faster than expected

Province adds another $10 million to incentive fund

Fraser Valley horse trainer suing feed mill after death of five animals

Alicia Harper seeking $500,000 to $1 million in losses and damages from Hi-Pro Feeds

‘I’ll never forgive you:’ Victim impact statements at hearing for Calgary killer

Curtis Healy was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the death of Dawns Baptiste.

Most Read