The South Asian community has been quite used to murders of well-known gang members as well as lesser known figures involved in the drug trade over the years but the murders of prominent members, Surinderpal Hehar and Amarjit Singh Sandhu last sent shock waves through the South Asian community.
Hehar, 45, a longshoreman who was a well-known field hockey promoter, was shot dead a year and eight months ago on November 21, 2015, at 152nd Street and 66th Avenue in Surrey just after midnight as he was headed for work with a colleague, who also sustained gunshot wounds but survived.
About six months later, on June 4, 2016, developer Amarjit Singh Sandhu was shot in the Tim Horton’s parking lot in the 11300-block of Steveston Highway in Richmond. The killer was a non-white male in his early to mid-20s who escaped.
investigations are ongoing but she had no investigative updates that she could share with the media at this stage.
Sandhu was a former member of the International Sikh Youth Federation and a developer who was very actively involved in Vancouver’s Ross Street Gurdwara (Khalsa Diwan Society) politics.
Richmond News reported that a witness told them that Sandhu was killed while standing next to his black pick-up truck by a man with “an average build, light brown skin and some facial hair, wearing a hoodie and sunglasses.” The witness said that the suspect used a gun with a silencer and that he heard “at least six shots that sounded like a paintball gun.”
The witness told the Richmond News that Sandhu was with a friend just before the shooting. He added that the friend was spotted talking to police shortly afterwards. – CINEWS