Man shot and killed by other driver after minor SUV crash in Surrey
By Elaine O'Connor and Joseph Ruttle, The ProvinceApril 28, 2011 10:25 AM
Police were called to reports of shots fired in the 6900-block 128th Street in the Newton neighbourhood shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday. Officers found a male victim in severe medical distress from gunshot-related injuries. Police remained at the scene Thursday as part of the investigation.
Photograph by: Ward Perrin, PNGA 30-year old Surrey man was shot dead Wednesday night by another driver after a car crash in what police are calling a “perplexing” possible road-rage incident.
Tragically, his wife was in the car with him at the time and had to watch him fight for his life as paramedics worked to try and save him on the lawn of a Newton home.
The shooting occurred after the victim confronted another driver following a minor car crash late Wednesday night on 128th Street near 68th Avenue.
Police were called to reports of shots fired shortly after 11 p.m.
Officers found a male victim “in severe medical distress from gunshot-related injuries,” said Surrey RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dale Carr in a statement.
The victim was rushed to a local trauma hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Carr said in an interview the man had been shot multiple times.
“It’s perplexing,” he said in an interview. “It does not appear at this point that they knew each other. We don’t know if there was something that happened before that escalated the incident.”
The incident did not happen within range of red-light cameras so there were no traffic images of the events, he added.
Investigators said the shooting victim was driving a white Lexus southbound in the right lane of 128th Street, and following another white SUV in the left lane.
That vehicle crossed over into the same lane as the Lexus and they collided, causing minor damage to both SUVs.
The Lexus driver got out and approached the other driver “when suddenly shots rang out,” said Carr.
“The driver of the Lexus was struck by one or more bullets, he ran to the sidewalk where he collapsed.”
Homeowners peered out from their windows at the scene, as ambulance crews worked on the victim and police lights lit up the night.
The alleged shooter, described as an Indo-Canadian male, fled south in his vehicle on 128th Street through 64th Avenue.
The suspect vehicle is a white SUV, Ford Explorer-style, with silver trim along the bottom. Police don’t believe there was anyone with him in the front seat, but there could have been a passenger in the back.
Homicide investigators and the Lower Mainland forensics team will be on the scene throughout Thursday morning and into the afternoon, said Carr.
Both vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be affected, with 128th Street closed in both directions from 68th to 70th avenues.
Police don’t know whether the victim and suspect knew each other, and “it is too early to say if there are any links to gangs, drugs or organized crime,” said Carr.
Police are hoping to speak with anyone who say an erratic driver of a white SUV between 11 p.m. and midnight in the area. Anyone who saw something suspicious or has information is asked to call the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team tip line 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-8477.
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Police were called to reports of shots fired in the 6900-block 128th Street in the Newton neighbourhood shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday. Officers found a male victim in severe medical distress from gunshot-related injuries. Police remained at the scene Thursday as part of the investigation.Photograph by: Ward Perrin, PNG