2 suspects wearing face coverings, fled on foot after shooting Nijjar: IHIT

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The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is asking the public for help identifying witnesses of the shooting at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara that killed temple’s president Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Through the collection of evidence and in speaking with witnesses, IHIT has learned that two suspects, described as heavier set males, wearing face coverings, fled the scene on foot, southbound on 122 Street through Cougar Creek Park. 

It’s believed that the suspects may have had a vehicle waiting for them, in the area of 121 Street and 68 Avenue. It is believed the suspects and the vehicle may have been in that area in the hour proceeding the homicide. Investigators are now calling on the public to assist in identifying witnesses. 

IHIT is still working to identify and speak with individuals that were at the Gurdwara or in the area on the evening on June 18. Specifically, those who drive vehicles with onboard cameras.  Vehicles such as Teslas have excellent cameras that are capable of recording movements in their surrounding area, even if the vehicle is turned off and no one is inside.    

“We believe that not only may the occupants of these vehicles have been witnesses to the homicide of Mr. Nijjar, but the vehicle itself may have recorded critical evidence that could help advance our investigation,” says Sgt. Timothy Pierotti of IHIT.  “There have been rumors circulating indicating two men were arrested in relation to this murder.  I can confirm that at this time, no arrests have been.”

On June 18, 2023, at 8:27 p.m. the Surrey RCMP received a report of a shooting at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara at 7050 120 Street, Surrey.  First responding members located a man, later identified as 45-year old Hardeep Singh Nijjar, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. Sadly, Mr. Nijjar succumbed to his injuries on scene. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and continues to work closely in partnership with the Surrey RCMP, the RCMP Forensic Identification Service and the BC Coroners Service.

IHIT is asking anyone with information regarding the investigation, or anyone with dash-camera video who was in the area of 122 Street, in the parking lot of the Gurdwara or in the area of 121 Street and 68 Avenue, between 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected].