Police fear retaliation for fatal Surrey shooting

SURREY — A 22-year-old Surrey man was killed Sunday in the 23rd shooting in Surrey and North Delta since the beginning of March.

Arun Paul Singh Bains, reportedly the nephew of Surrey-Newton NDP MLA Harry Bains, was shot at about 3 a.m. Sunday, at 126th Street and 88th Avenue.

“Arun Bains is known to be associated to the people connected to the street level drug trade conflict,” said Sgt. Stephanie Ashton, spokeswoman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

Harry Bains could not be reached for comment.

Surrey RCMP Sgt. Dale Carr said investigators “now more than ever” need tips from those who have information about the shootings. “We need you to come forward with any little bit of information you may have before another young person in killed,” he said.

“Our deep concern now is there may be a retaliation incident,” Carr said. “We are appealing to those involved in this ongoing dispute to not take any more lives and to understand that this is more than gunplay, it’s murder.”

The IHIT tipline is 1-877-551-IHIT (4448).

Police are also investigating a shooting Friday at 11:15 p.m., near 65th Avenue and 121st Street after receiving 911 calls of multiple shots being fired and a dark sedan and newer grey import car leaving the scene.

Meantime, IHIT is investigating a suspicious sudden death at a residence in the 13800-block of Hansen Road in Whalley on Saturday.

“Upon arrival, officers learned a 57-year-old male had been found deceased by his roommates,” Ashton said.

She said police arrest a man, interviewed him and released him without charges pending further investigation.

Police are asking anyone who heard a fight in the area, between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Friday, to contact IHIT.

“It is our belief the victim and suspect knew each other,” Ashton said.

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