The young man who was shot several times in the 10100-block of 144th Friday night is linked to a gang that may have inside knowledge about last month’s fatal Kelowna shooting, according to my sources. The 24-year-old has a history of police that stretches back to his late teens. When a gunman opened fire about 9:30 p.m. Friday, he was with others who have been the subject of police “duties to warn” because there are others out there that want them dead. The victim remains in critical condition. He is currently out on bail on trafficking charges. If the motive behind this shooting is in fact retaliation for the Kelowna attack that killed Red Scorpion Jonathan Bacon and wounded Hells Angel Larry Amero and Independent Soldier James Riach, it is exactly what Supt. Tom McCluskie of the Gang Task Force predicted would happen last week. The official police comment is that the man shot Friday has gang links and is known to police. And they said the gunman left in a vehicle, though there is no suspect description at this time. Here is the full statement from Cpl. Holly Marks, of the RCMP: Approximately 9:30 tonight, Surrey RCMP received multiple reports of shots fired in the area of 144 Street & 101 Avenue• On arrival, a male victim was located suffering from gunshot wounds• He has been transported to hospital in critical condition• The victim is in his late 20’s, early 30’s and is known to police and also known to have gang affiliations• Multiple shots were fired• Believed to be Targeted• Multiple suspects fled the scene in a vehicle• The victim was in a vehicle when shot• The issue of gangs & Organized Crime is a Top Law Enforcement Priority• This shooting occurred in a residential neighbourhood showing the gans have a callous disregard for the safety of others• Significant resources are employed to investigate this shooting including Surrey Serious Crime (who maintain conduct of the investigation), PDS, Air One, Forensic Identification Services, Integrated Gang Task Force.
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