UPDATE: 22-year-old man killed in targeted shooting in Langley

Investigators placed dozens of yellow evidence markers on the ground near the site of a fatal shooting in Langley City early Wednesday morning. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)Investigators placed dozens of yellow evidence markers on the ground near the site of a fatal shooting in Langley City early Wednesday morning. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
An investigator sets up a camera near a vehicle under investigation by IHIT at a murder scene in Langley City Wednesday morning. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)An investigator sets up a camera near a vehicle under investigation by IHIT at a murder scene in Langley City Wednesday morning. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Homicide investigators are on scene in Langley in the area of 207th Street and 53A Avenue on Jan. 27, 2020. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)Homicide investigators are on scene in Langley in the area of 207th Street and 53A Avenue on Jan. 27, 2020. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
An investigator on scene at the site of a murder Wednesday morning in Langley City near the offices of Langley Community Services Society. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)An investigator on scene at the site of a murder Wednesday morning in Langley City near the offices of Langley Community Services Society. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
A Honda with what appeared to be bullet holes in the windshield was being examined by police at the scene of a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)A Honda with what appeared to be bullet holes in the windshield was being examined by police at the scene of a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
An investigator on the scene of a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)An investigator on the scene of a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A burnt-out truck discovered in Surrey was located after a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 (Aaron Hinks/Black Press Media)A burnt-out truck discovered in Surrey was located after a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 (Aaron Hinks/Black Press Media)
A burnt-out truck discovered in Surrey was located after a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 (Aaron Hinks/Black Press Media)A burnt-out truck discovered in Surrey was located after a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 (Aaron Hinks/Black Press Media)
A burnt-out truck discovered in Surrey was located after a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, (Aaron Hinks/Black Press Media)A burnt-out truck discovered in Surrey was located after a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, (Aaron Hinks/Black Press Media)
A burnt-out truck discovered in Surrey was located after a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 (Aaron Hinks/Black Press Media)A burnt-out truck discovered in Surrey was located after a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 (Aaron Hinks/Black Press Media)
A burnt-out truck discovered in Surrey was located after a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 (Aaron Hinks/Black Press Media)A burnt-out truck discovered in Surrey was located after a shooting in Langley City on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 (Aaron Hinks/Black Press Media)
Several bullet holes were visible in the windshield of the vehicle at the murder scene in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)Several bullet holes were visible in the windshield of the vehicle at the murder scene in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Two men in their 20s were shot in Langley City just before midnight on Tuesday, one was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was taken to hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.

RCMP were called to the area of 207 Street and 53A Avenue around 11:30 p.m. where a 22-year-old man was found shot and killed in a vehicle while another man suffered gun shot wounds.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is now investigating.

“It is very early in the investigation but this has all the hallmarks of a targeted hit. Our victim was known to police and we believe his murder may be linked to the drug trade,” said Sgt. Frank Jang with IHIT.

At the scene a vehicle could been seen covered with a tarp, with bullet holes in the windshield.

Investigators have placed dozens of yellow evidence markers on the ground near the vehicle.

The vehicle is in the middle of the street in front of the offices of the Langley Community Services Society (LCSS) and in a residential neighbourhood of apartments.

Area resident Ross Pearson heard at least two “rapid bursts” of gunfire.

“It was hard to count them, but I’d say there had to be five or six shots at least in each burst, that I heard,” Pearson shared.

“It’s usually a nice quiet area, maybe a homeless person going down the street with a shopping cart, but that’s it,” he said of his City neighbourhood.

Meanwhile, a burned truck was located in Surrey around 11:52 p.m. in the area of 180th Street and 20th Avenue near Redwood Park, just 14 minutes after the shooting in Langley, said Jang.

“At this point we’re treating it as suspicious given the close proximity, time and distance, to our homicide and our investigators are looking at that vehicle,” said Jang.

The attack is the fourth shooting in 11 days in Langley.

The other incidents included an apparent gun battle between speeding cars in Langley City and Brookswood on Saturday, Jan. 16, a shooting in a Langley City parking garage on Monday, Jan. 18 that left a 27-year-old man with critical injuries, and a shooting at a car in Willoughby that left a victim with minor injuries due to broken glass.

Jang could not say whether this murder was linked to any of those other shootings, but said investigators would be considering that as they moved forward.

He urged anyone who has video surveillance, cellphone footage, or dashcam footage of the incident to contact IHIT or the Langley RCMP.

There appeared to have been a significant number of bullets fired, but Jang could not say exactly what kind of firearm IHIT believes may have been used.

He said investigators are canvassing the whole neighbourhood to see if any stray shots hit other buildings in the area, including the LCSS offices or the residential apartments and townhouses that line the street nearby.

“This has to stop,” said Langley City Mayor Val van den Broek.

She said she was obviously concerned with the gunfire, particularly as the fatal shooting took place in a residential area.

“I trust that the police are doing everything they can to figure out what happened,” van den Broek said.

Mayor Jack Froese of Langley Township urged anyone involved in the gang lifestyle to get out and avail themselves of the help that is available to do so.

He said that these waves of violence have struck the Lower Mainland before.

“Innocent people have been killed,” and there’s always the fear that another innocent bystander might die in one of these incidents, Froese said.

Langley Community Services Society had to shut down all programs at its hub at 53A Avenue for the day as the whole block was cordoned off by police, said LCSS executive director Sanjeev Nand.

“This shooting has really impacted our service delivery here at the main site,” Nand said.

None of the in-person services there would be available on Wednesday. Staff were doing what work they could from home.

Nand said that the impact of the attack, by shutting down LCSS for the day, is indirectly harming some of the most vulnerable people in Langley.


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