Police are investigating a shooting that killed one high-level gang member and wounded another man in downtown Vancouver Monday night.
Richmond resident Tejinder Singh Malli, 29, was gunned down in his parked car near the Olympic cauldron around 10:30 p.m. He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
Police say Malli’s death marked the end to a decade-long career in crime that involved guns, drugs and a tendency to switch allegiances.
"He has longstanding associations to a number of gangs here in the Lower Mainland, including the Red Scorpions and the Buttar Crime Group,” said Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.
“He knew the risks that his association and involvement in gangs posed to the people he associated with, yet he continued and this is the result.”
Houghton said Malli also operated his own crime group and had been the subject of several police investigations.
Malli was arrested and charged following a 2009 police raid in South Vancouver but managed to dodge prosecution when the counts were dropped.
The other man injured in Monday's shooting, a 28-year-old North Vancouver resident, was in the passenger seat of Malli's car when gunfire erupted. He managed to stumble to the nearby Shaw tower after being hit and was rushed to hospital in stable condition.
His name has not been released.
Police shut down much of the Coal Harbour waterfront area to look for evidence and speak to witnesses through the night and during the morning commute.
“We did hear multiple shots and the sequence in which they were fired, clearly there was more than one gunman,” said Kirk Romero who watched the incident. "They were doing, pumping his chest, to try and keep obviously his heart going. He appeared to have a wound in his neck and in his side."
Investigators have not confirmed the number of shooters or whether a vehicle was used to flee the scene.
The incident marks the City of Vancouver’s second murder of 2014.