Indo-Canadian Gangster Shot In Coquitlam


COQUITLAM – A man who police claim is well known to them was shot in a brazen daytime shooting Wednesday on the Barnet Highway in Coquitlam that left him with serious injuries.

Although the police have not yet identified him but the Vancouver Sun reported that he is Jaskaran Sandhu of Surrey. Sandhu was shot as he got out of his vehicle at a Mr. Lube automotive service centre in the 2700-block of Barnet Highway. No-one else was injured in the attack and the gunman got away.

This is the latest incident involving shootings targeted at Indo-Canadians and is part of the rising gun related crimes that this week saw a young Indo-Canadian teen being killed and last weekend saw a shooting of another Indo-Canadian gangster Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun.

Sgt. Peter Thiessen of the RCMP Lower Mainland Regional Police Service said the person or persons involved in firing off multiple rounds during the noon-hour onslaught were endangering the public.

“There were numerous shots fired,” Thiessen told The Province newspaper. “It was busy.

“There was a total disregard for the safety of members of the public.

“Their only interest was an individual that they clearly wanted to see dead.”

Thiessen believes this was a targeted shooting — the victim, who was hospitalized, was targeted and shot — and the public at large was not the intended target.

“Based on the background of the victim — that person being well-known to a number of police agencies — we are actively trying to determine whether this incident is gang-related,” he said.

“A customer who had just brought in a car for servicing stepped out of the vehicle and was shot by someone who ran into the store from outside,” said Michael Hachey, Mr. Lube Canada’s vice-president of operations in a media statement.

Sandhu, who turns 25 on Oct. 2, lives in Surrey, was charged in Delta in May 2010 with two firearms counts. He was released on $3,000 bail and is due to go to trial in March 2012, according to online court records.