Attack not random: IHIT

UPDATE: 10:35 a.m.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has released the identity of a man who died following a fight outside the McDonald’s restaurant near 129th Street and 96th Avenue in Surrey.  

Lakhwinder Singh Bal, 48, of Surrey, was the victim of homicide, IHIT says.  

Bal was known to police, and investigators believe his murder was not a random act.  

When emergency services arrived, they found him unresponsive in the parking lot. Bal later died in hospital.   

UPDATE: 8:45 a.m.

Police say a man severely injured in a fight in Surrey has now died.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team posted a message on social media confirming the death.

Surrey RCMP said in a news release they received several calls about a fight on Sunday night.

Officers found a man collapsed at the scene, and he was rushed to hospital, but could not be saved.

Police continue to appeal for information from anyone who might have seen the assault.

Witnesses who may have spotted someone fleeing the area are also being urged to come forward.

– The Canadian Press

ORIGINAL: 6:35 a.m.

RCMP are still on the scene, and the 12900 block of 96th Avenue is closed this morning after a serious assault in Surrey overnight.

A male victim was rushed to hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries after a fight broke out about 9 p.m.

Several 911 calls reported the incident, and officers arrived to find the man collapsed on the ground.

Police closed 96th Avenue between 128th Street and 130th Street, and CTV reports Integrated Homicide Investigation Team members were also on the scene. It's not yet known if the attack was gang related, however.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the assault or saw someone fleeing the area to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or CrimeStoppers.

More details are expected to be released this morning.

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