One man is dead and another injured after a shooting in Newton on the weekend.
On Saturday, just after midnight, police were called to 152 Street and 66 Avenue after shots were heard in the area.
When police arrived, they found two men in a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds.
One of them was unresponsive and despite their best efforts, rescue crews could not revive him.
The victim has not been named by police, but the Surrey Field Hockey Club is identifying him as Surinderpal Singh Hehar (below)
He was a man in his 40s and had two young children.
He also worked at Deltaport, according to CTV News, and was shot outside of the family home after being picked up for the graveyard shift by a co-worker.
Residents of the area say they have been rattled by the shooting.
“There’re a lot of kids on this street and it could have happened during the day… And it’s also right across from a school,” one resident told CTV News. “So it’s scary, it’s scary.”
There is an outpouring of shock and grief on the Surrey Field Hockey Club website for the loss of Hehar.
“It is with profound grief, sorrow, and disbelief, that we announce the passing away of a great friend, a brother, a mentor and member of our club, Surinderpal Singh Hehar, earlier today,” the field hockey club posted on a Facebook memorial. “We, his friends, family members, his hockey fraternity, are all in a state of shock and disbelief at this.”
Gutu Sidhu wrote: “Sorry to hear about the loss, our deepest thoughts and prayers for the family. He was s great guy on and off the field and u will be missed by all of us. May your soul rest in peace.”
Jassi Jaglit Kular wrote: “I was deeply shocked to hear of the death of Surinderpal Hehar. My deepest sympathy to his family for this irreparable loss they have suffered.. and to members of Surrey Lions Club, this is to let you know how deeply I feel for you in your sorrow. You have my heartfelt sympathy.”
The second shooting victim remains in hospital being treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is now investigating.
Investigators believe this to be a targeted shooting, however they say at this point there is no indication the shooting has any connection with any other gun-related investigations in Surrey.
“I want to reassure the public that their safety is of paramount concern,” said IHIT Sgt. Stephanie Ashton. “IHIT investigators, Surrey RCMP and other Lower Mainland investigative units are working to determine the circumstances that led up to this incident.”
Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to remain anonymous, provide your anonymous tip information on the web at solvecrime.ca or by phone at 1-800-222-8477.
~ with files from CTV News