NDP says Liberals failing Surrey as city records another shooting, in Newton

Numerous bullet casings found near house in Newton late Monday morning but no sign of victims

Surrey records another shooting

SURREY — Police are investigating a shooting in Newton after numerous bullet casings were found near a house that was shot at, in the 12700-block of 67B Avenue.

Police received 911 calls about shots fired at 11:40 a.m.

“No victims were located,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “Schools in the area were locked out for a very brief period but have since been re-opened.”

Police have yet to identify a motive.

There have so far been 54 local shootings, with two of them fatal, locally since the beginning of March. Police believe many are related to an on-going dial-a-dope turf war in Surrey and North Delta.

Last week the provincial NDP once again slammed the provincial Liberal government for “failing the people of Surrey” because of all these shootings.

Bruce Ralston, NDP MLA for Surrey-Whalley, noted a shooting last week was the second to happen outside a Surrey elementary school within three months.

“People in these communities are frightened, and they are frustrated,” Ralston said. “This is a crisis and it requires immediate coordinated action. Instead, Premier Clark has brought piecemeal announcements and discussions, and not all of the 100 additional RCMP officers her government promised are on the streets.”

Ralston noted Surrey RCMP stats show violent crime to be up by 40 per cent over last year “and attempted murder is up 188 per cent.

“Nearly every week there is a shooting in a Surrey neighborhood. We need to take immediate action to end gun violence in Surrey and we need long-term solutions from all levels of government,” Ralston said. “Premier Clark is failing to provide either, and as a result, her government is failing the people of Surrey.”

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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