Surrey RCMP plan community outreach after shooting, handgun found at school – Peace Arch News

Surrey RCMP say they are planning school and community outreach in Fraser Heights after a fatal shooting and a handgun were found at an elementary school in the same week.

On February 8, police were called to the intersection of 104th Avenue and 168th Street after reports of gunfire. Two people were found in a vehicle with gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital. One of the victims later died from his injuries.

Surrey RCMP also said the shooting was linked to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

Then, two days later, on February 10, police were called to Bothwell Elementary School after a gun was found by a pupil on school grounds.

Surrey RCMP said the firearm was seized and “further work and analysis will be carried out to determine if there are any links to any ongoing investigations”.

Cpl. Vanessa Munn said the Surrey RCMP Youth Unit, along with Victim Services, are offering any support to students and staff at Bothwell.

She added that the Community Response Unit is also hosting a Neighborhood Incident Response Support Team (NIRST) event in Fraser Heights early next week.

“The purpose of deploying NIRST is to engage with residents, answer questions and provide resources following a traumatic incident,” Munn said. “Our victim services staff will be on hand to help support the community.”

Munn said police are working “closely” with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, “which is actively investigating the recent homicide in the area.” IHIT will also be at the neighborhood response event.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or solutioncrime.ca.

This is not the first time that the Surrey RCMP has held one of these events in Fraser Heights.

In 2019, police staged one after a targeted shooting in the 15900 block of 111 Avenue left two people injured.


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