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Shooting victim identified


UPDATE: 2:15 p.m.

IHIT has identified the victim of a fatal shooting in Abbotsford on Friday to be 24-year-old Lovepreet Singh Dhaliwal.

In a news release, IHIT also identified a vehicle that was observed leaving the scene after the shooting, which was later found burnt out in a rural area of Langley.

The vehicle, described as a black Acura TL, was found in the 22300 block of 61st Avenue. 

Cpl. Frank Jang urged anyone with information on Dhaliwal's death to speak to investigators.  

“There are people who knew Mr. Dhaliwal that may have information that could help us solve his murder.  I urge these individuals to come forward," Jang said.

Dhaliwal was found dead in a van in the area of Promontory Court and Ridgeview Drive. Officers said he was pronounced dead at the scene when they arrived at 6:30 p.m.

Police said he sustained several gunshot wounds, and his killing is believed to have been targeted.

IHIT said they are working with the BC Coroners Service and Abbotsford Police Department to gather evidence.


ORIGINAL: 12:35 p.m.

A man in his mid-20s is dead after he was the victim of a shooting in Abbotsford on Friday night, which police said was targeted.

Abbotsford Police Department responded at about 6:30 p.m. to shots fired in the 3500 block of Promontory Court. 

Upon arrival, officers found a man inside a van who had been gunned down.

Witnesses told CTV they heard up to eight gunshots.

The shooting was on the same street where an innocent bystander was killed in 2015 standing outside of his home, after his neighbour's house was targeted. That incident was related to gang violence, police said.

It's unclear if the two shootings on the street are connected.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the investigation.

- with files from CTV Vancouver



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