On Tuesday, Delta police reported an off-duty B.C. Corrections officer who was shot to death near a Walmart parking lot in North Delta a year ago was killed in a case of mistaken identity related to B.C.’s ongoing gang war.
Police said Bikramdeep Randhawa was mistaken for “an individual involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.”
There have been many innocent victims in the drug-related conflict that has dragged on for over 15 years. Here’s a look at some of those cases:
On Feb. 4, 2021, 22-year-old Shana Harris-Morris was at home in Surrey when shots were fired at the house.
Harris-Morris and a man inside the residence were struck by the bullets. Harris-Morris died, the man was injured.
In April, 2021, police confirmed she was not the intended victim of the shooting.
No charges have been laid.
A 19-year-old university student with no criminal background, Jagvir Malhi was nonetheless shot and killed in a targeted hit at an Abbotsford intersection near an elementary school on Nov. 18, 2018.
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team Sgt. Frank Jang noted “there were some individuals in his life that were involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict.”
Homicide investigators released photos of two suspect vehicles a year later in hopes of furthering the case. A month after that appeal, Tyrel Hieu Nguyen Quesnelle was charged with first-degree murder in Malhi’s killing, as well as the shooting of known gangster Randeep Kang.
On June 23, 2018, husband, father and hockey coach Paul Bennett died of gunshot wounds in front of his Surrey home.
According to police Bennett, who was an operating-room nurse, was a victim of mistaken identity.
No one has been arrested in this case.
On Jan. 13, 2018, 15-year-old Alfred Wong of Coquitlam was sitting in the back seat of his parent’s car when the vehicle got caught in the crossfire between two rival gang members on an East Vancouver Street.
Wong died in the car, while another man who was part of the gun battle was killed. One man was charged in the killing.
Ping Shun Ao
On Sept. 2, 2015, Abbotsford 74-year-old Ping Shun Ao was hit by a stray bullet and killed in his home, which was next door to the home of a 19-year-old who was linked to the local gang conflict.
Police in the Fraser Valley community had launched a special gang task force specific to the Townline Hill neighbourhood where the shooting took place after 60 incidents in the previous 18 months, including six shootings, a serious stabbing and two murders.
There have been no arrests in Ao’s murder.
Leanne MacFarlane and Jeffrey Taylor
On May 29, 2010, Leanne MacFarlane, 43 and Jeffrey Taylor, 42, were shot to death in their rural home in Cranbrook.
During the trial of two men accused of the slayings, the Crown stated the couple were living in a house once occupied by the target of the killers and were not the intended victims.
Last month, the two men were found not guilty because it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that they were the killers.
Christopher Mohan and Ed Schellenberg
On Oct. 19, 2007, six people were slain in a Surrey apartment. The target was a small-time drug dealer thought to be trading on the turf of the Red Scorpions gang.
The killers executed that man, but also killed five other people in the suite – including three with gang links, 55-year-old gas fitter Ed Schellenberg, who was working on an appliance in the suite, and 22-year-old student Christopher Mohan, who was passing by the suite at the time.
Multiple people were ultimately charged and jailed in connection with the grisly slaying.
On Jan. 11, 2007, Kirk Holifield was gunned down as he drove through Richmond in a truck identical to the black Dodge Ram pickup owned by a well-known gangster whose condo was blocks away from the crime scene.
Inside the bullet-riddled truck were the 35-year-old’s hockey gear and a car seat for his 10-month old baby girl.
His murderer has never been caught.
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