Another shooting in Surrey has brought the total to 32 for 2016 alone.
Surrey RCMP were called to a home in the 7700-block of 155 Street at about 11:10 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports there had been a shooting. When officers arrived they found an injured man. He was taken to hospital in stable condition.
Initial reports indicate a dark-coloured SUV “type” vehicle was seen driving quickly away from the area shortly after the incident.
Officers are still on scene, hoping to talk to witnesses and canvassing the neighbourhood. Mounties say the investigation is in its early stages, but this does appear to be targeted.
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The 7700-block of 155th Ave. will be closed for the next several hours while police are conducting their investigation.
Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 老域名购买solvecrime老域名出售.
On Tuesday, Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner spoke out about the rise in shootings in her city.
“Devil be damned, there needs to be a consequence to firing a gun in a city,” she said. “It is my intent to push hard for a stiffer sentence and I want to see them behind bars and to stay there.”
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On Monday, Surrey recorded its 31st shooting of the year and days earlier Surrey RCMP revealed the majority of shootings in 2016 are being caused by new players in a drug war.
One expert believes the situation will continue to deteriorate.
“It has to get worse before it stops,” said Rob Gordon, a criminology professor at SFU. “That’s the pattern.”
“I’m kind of embarrassed to be living in Surrey right now,” Doug Elford of the Newton Community Association said. “We’re back to being the running joke.”
Gun violence in Surrey is not letting up despite the addition of nearly 100 RCMP officers.
NOTE: Global News is not including the discovery of a bullet hole in a window at the District 2/Guildford Community Police Station on Tuesday as one of the shootings in Surrey this year. Officers say the damage does not appear to be recent and it is not known when the incident occurred.
-With files from Paula Baker and Jon Azpiri