Residents in the usually quiet community of Port Moody, B.C., are reeling over the brazen daytime killing Monday of a convicted gangster, the city’s second targeted hit in as many months. The victim was identified to QMI Agency as convicted kidnapper Randy Naicker, though police would not confirm his name. Vancouver police were called in investigate after a man was gunned down shortly before 4:45 p.m. A personal acquaintance of Naicker’s, who asked for anonymity, said Naicker was heading back to his silver Infinity SUV by Starbucks after meeting with friends when two men — dressed in black and faces covered — pulled up in a new green Volkswagon Torag SUV. “One guy walked up to Randy and shot him. He shot him dead, shot him in broad daylight in front of everybody, in front of the people on the Starbucks patio,” the source said, adding Naicker’s friends watched the drama unfold from inside their own vehicle. The gunman then apparently turned the gun on Naicker’s friends, who took off and were chased down a back alley but were able to shake their pursuers. However, there are conflicting reports on this point. Another witness, watching from her apartment window in the complex adjacent to the crime scene, said she saw two cars race away immediately after shots were fired. She said the masked men were in the lead car, driven by an unmasked white man. A second vehicle gave chase behind it. One of the masked men in the lead car rolled down the window and tossed a gun onto the street, she said. Police cordoned off the area as they investigated. The suspects’ vehicle had been parked at the same spot since 2 p.m., according to a QMI Agency source. “It was waiting there for a while,” he said. Naicker, in his mid-30s, was reportedly a co-founder of the Independent Soldiers gang who was convicted in 2006 for the kidnapping, confinement and extortion of a criminal associate linked to a previous double homicide and $400,000 drug theft. Naicker, a former Burnaby, B.C., resident, was described in court as a Fijian with a “big face, a heavy voice and a red and green tattoo of a dragon extending from one shoulder to the other,” and had sometimes gone by the nickname “Big Bar.” A friend, however, said Naicker was reformed. “He wasn’t a gangster anymore. He didn’t have that lifestyle anymore,” the source said. ““He’d cleaned up his life. Everything was good. He had a whole new lease on life.” Last August, a member of the Independent Soldiers had reportedly been in the car and injured when Red Scorpions associate Jonathan Bacon was shot dead and full-patch Hells Angel member Larry Amero wounded in a gangland hit outside a Kelowna, B.C., casino. On May 31, gangster Gurbinder Singh Toor — an associate of the Dhak/Duhre group — was gunned down outside a recreation complex in Port Moody.