One man is in hospital after Surrey’s third shooting in three days.
All the shootings happened around dinner time in or around Newton, and involved people shooting at cars from moving vehicles.
At just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Surrey RCMP were called by B.C. Ambulance, which had received a call for a gunshot victim in the 7600-block of 124 Street.
The victim is a 22-year-old man who is known to police. He was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.
“The investigation is in its infancy and it’s too early to make any connections to other Lower Mainland shootings,”said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “We can say that the incident appears to be targeted given just two vehicles were involved.”
Police also cordoned off Strawberry Hill Elementary School and the 7500-block of 123A Street in order to collect and search for evidence after a bullet hit the school.
Strawberry Hill Elementary was open as usual Wednesday.
Doug Strachan, communications manager for the Surrey School District, said staff have been briefed to be aware of students who seem to exhibit signs they are stressed about the shooting.
He also said a letter would be sent home to parents, explaining what happened and that it’s not connected to the school in any way other than the proximity. Parents are also being advised to let the school know if their child seems affected by the incident.
The violence comes after two similar shootings in Newton over the last few days.
At just after 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15, Surrey RCMP received several calls about a white Jeep chasing a black Corvette in the area of 132 Street and 89 Avenue.
Witnesses say three or four shots were fired from the Jeep at the Corvette. No arrests have been made as of yet.
The day prior to that, at about 6:35 p.m., Surrey RCMP received several reports of gunfire in the 6800-block of 128 Street.
Police then received a call from a man who said he was driving on 128 Street at about 68 Avenue when another vehicle pulled up and started shooting. He drove a short distance and reported it. The victim is providing limited information.
Police do not believe it was a random act, but could not say whether it is related to a string of shootings earlier this year between two rival drug-dealing groups.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca