Both victims in the shooting in Central Lonsdale area on September 30 are known to police and the shooting was a targeted event, said Frank Jang, media relations officer of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
“Determining the motive behind the shooting will be a priority for investigators,” Jang said.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is also calling on the public to help further its ongoing investigation into a shooting in a North Vancouver neighbourhood that has left one man dead and another injured.
On September 30, shortly before 11 p.m., the North Vancouver RCMP received a call of gunfire in the 200-block of East 17 Street.
Two men sustained gunshot wounds while seated in a vehicle in the rear laneway. A 43-year-old man, Alireza Serri, died of his injuries.
The second shooting victim is expected to recover from his non-life threatening injuries.
IHIT is working closely with the North Vancouver RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.
Any drivers with dash cam video who were travelling in the area of St. Andrews Avenue and East 17 Street as well as the Second Narrow and Lions Gate bridges around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, are urged to contact IHIT immediately.
“Ali is described by his family as a good person who had a very good heart. We will work tirelessly to find answers for them,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.
“This could have resulted in a double homicide and residents in the neighborhood were put at risk as well. Finding the shooter and potentially others who were complicit in this crime will be the goal of our concerted effort.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at email@example.com.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).