Surrey RCMP arrest one of two Strawberry Hill shooting suspects

Police are still looking for Shakiel Basra, South Asian, 21, six feet three inches tall and 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police are looking for shooting suspect Shakiel Basra

SURREY— One down, one to go.

Police have arrested a suspect in a recent shooting in Newton, but are still looking for a second suspect.

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 Surrey RCMP issued a bulletin for two suspects charged in connection with the shooting. Amarpreet Samra and Shakiel Basra, both 21, 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.

They are still looking for Basra, described as South Asian, 21, six feet three inches tall and 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone who knows where Basra is to contact investigators at 604-915-6566.

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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