Second Strawberry Hill shooting suspect arrested

Shakiel Basra, 21, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Chilliwack by the Surrey RCMP Strike Force Target Team.

Surrey shooting suspect Shakiel Basra

SURREY— Another suspect in the shooting near Strawberry Hill elementary school in Newton has been arrested.

Shakiel Basra, 21, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Chilliwack by the Surrey RCMP Strike Force Target Team.

“This arrest and capture is a continuation of our relentless efforts to remove these individuals from our  streets and bring them before the courts,” said Supt. Mann Mann, investigative services officer.

Bullets hit Strawberry Hill elementary school shortly after 6 p.m. Sept. 15, in the 7600-block of 124th Street as gunmen in one car opened fire on another.

A 22-year-old man was shot but survived.

It’s remarkable no one else was hit, as the school’s playground is typically busy at that time of day.

“It’s outrageous that it’s happening at all,” Surrey school district spokesman Doug Strachan said at the time.

It brought the number of shootings in Surrey and North Delta to 46 since the beginning of March. Police say many of those are related to a dial-a-dope turf war in this area. The number of local shootings is now 55.

The Surrey RCMP issued a bulletin for two suspects charged in connection with the shooting: Basra, and Amarpreet Samra, also 21. Both have been charged with two counts each to attempt to commit murder and intentionally discharging a firearm.

Samra was arrested early Thursday morning, Oct. 15, after a Ford Mustang sped away from police conducting a traffic stop at 146th Street and 76th Avenue. Samra was arrested after the Mustang crashed into an unoccupied vehicle.

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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