Abbotsford Drive By Shooting Linked To Ongoing Conflict Between Indo-Canadians

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“I Heard This Big Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang,” Neighbour

Krista Boulton Told The Media!

Last October, Harwindip Singh Baringh of Abbotsford was shot to death, which the LINK had exclusively reported that the victim knew his killer and that he was lured to his death. We had reported that a young man known to Baringh had accompanied him to the place where Baringh was shot and killed but police at the time denied any such information to the LINK.

ABBOTSFORD – The latest drive by shooting in Abbotsford is linked to ongoing conflict between two Indo-Canadian groups which has flared up from time to time with violent and deadly consequences.

Police were called to a residential neighbourhood after reports of shots fired Monday evening on Sandpiper Drive around 8:30 p.m.

Several people living nearby phoned police after hearing what they thought was gunfire.

“I just got my son to bed and I was in the kitchen and I hear this big bang bang bang bang bang,” said neighbour Krista Boulton. “I was like ‘oh my God’ and I see this silver car going down Sandpiper.”

Police said they canvassed regional hospitals and located a 23-year-old man with a bullet wound to his leg.

The victim is well-known to police and is not cooperating with investigators. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say there was a shooting on the same street less than two weeks ago, and a young man was shot to death in the same neighbourhood in October 2014.

The shooting occurred on same street less than two weeks ago. In October 2014, young Indo-Canadian man shot to death in same neighbourhood.

Police said they believe Monday’s shooting is likely part of ongoing conflict between rival groups of young South Asian men over last year and half

“We believe at this point in time that it’s connected to this ongoing conflict that we’ve spoken about numerous times that involves predominantly young men on the west side of Abbotsford,” said Abbotsford police Constable Ian MacDonald.

Neighbours are being urged to stay vigilant and call police right away to report any suspicious activity.

Last October, Harwindip Singh Baringh of Abbotsford was shot to death, which the LINK had exclusively reported that the victim knew his killer and that he was lured to his death. We had reported that a young man known to Baringh had accompanied him to the place where Baringh was shot and killed but police at the time denied any such information to the LINK.

At the time, MacDonald told The LINK that currently the investigation into Baringh’s killing is continuing but that police do not have any suspects in custody. No one so far has been arrested or charged with Baringh’s killing.

Baringh, who is the late son of Sukhjivan Singh Baringh “Thakra”, was shot point blank and left for dead on October 2nd evening inside a running SUV.

Abbotsford Police have been warning that there is an escalation of violence between two Indo-Canadian groups with more than 25 incidents being reported since May 11, 2014, most of them involving property damage,

Police at the time said they’re “extremely concerned” that the conflict could result in “serious injuries” either to the young men involved or their families.

The conflict is believes to be between two groups of males, which constitute a large number of young Indo-Canadians, between the ages of 15 and 25 – a total of about 20 people, Abbotsford police said earlier.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the police at 604-859-5225, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.