Surrey man dead after targeted shooting in North Delta

Arundeep Cheema was left dead after being shot in the driveway of a North Delta home on Friday.

Surrey man dead after targeted shooting in North Delta

A man believed to have gang links is dead after being shot in the driveway of a North Delta home last week.

On Friday (Jan. 2) at 8:20 p.m., Surrey’s Arundeep Cheema, 24, was fatally shot while sitting in the driveway of a home in the 11800-block of 75A Avenue.

Police say Cheema is known to them.

Cheema was among four men arrested Sept. 4, 2012 after police received a report of shots fired in the 2500-block of Bradner Road in Abbotsford.

According to “information to obtain (ITO) a search warrant” documents obtained by The Abbotsford News in January 2013, among those arrested with Cheema was Jujhar Khun-Khun, now awaiting trial with two others for the murder of Red Scorpion gangster Jonathan Bacon in August 2011.

The ITO stated that police stopped the four men in a Dodge Charger that had  been seen leaving the area after shots were heard.

A man who had been in a second car at the scene was shot in the arm, but his three companions were not injured.

The group had apparently returned from a trip to the PNE in Vancouver and had just pulled into the driveway of the Abbotsford home when shots were fired at them.

Police followed the Charger and stopped the vehicle in Aldergrove. The car was seized, leading to the application (the ITO) to search it for evidence.

The four men arrested were released and none has ever been charged in relation to the shooting.

The Abbotsford residence had been the scene of a prior drive-by shooting in January 2011. Nobody was injured and police at the time said the home was occupied by two brothers known to police.

According to the ITO documents, one of those brothers was in the vehicle shot at during the incident on Sept. 4, 2012. The other brother is known to have connections to the Bacon brothers, formerly of Abbotsford.

Shortly after the shooting, Abbotsford Police installed video surveillance cameras in the 2500-block of Bradner Road.

Khun-Khun himself was the victim of three targeted shootings – he was critically injured in two of them – before his arrest in February 2013 for Jonathan Bacon’s murder in Kelowna.

Khun-Khun and his co-accused Michael Kerry Hunter and Jason Thomas McBride are currently in prison awaiting their murder trial, which has been slated to start April 4, 2016 in Kelowna.

On Monday, police said the North Delta shooting appears to be targeted, and as such, members of the public need not fear for their safety.

Anyone who believes they may have information, or was in the area at the time of the shooting, is asked to call the Delta Police Department at 604 -946-4411.

~with files from Vikki Hopes, Abbotsford News





Surrey North Delta Leader