Richmond: The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is seeking assistance in a shooting which occurred in Richmond over the past weekend. Both victims have been identified.
Victims are 23-year-old Kevin Allaraj, and 22-year-old Jeevan Saepan. Both were from the Lower Mainland and known to police. Initial information obtained indicates that this is a targeted incident connected to gang activities.
On June 4, 2022, at around 11:03 a.m., the Richmond RCMP responded to reports of shots fired in the parkade at 7000-block of Ackroyd Road. When Frontline officers arrived, they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds, they died at the scene. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called to investigate.
At around 11:30 a.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to a vehicle fire in the area of 114 Street and 96A Avenue. Homicide detectives believe this fire is connected to the shootings. To advance the investigation and identify witnesses, the names of the victims are being released.
IHIT is working in partnership with the Richmond RCMP, the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), and the BC Coroners Service. Homicide detectives are also consulting with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) for further information that could assist the investigation. The background activities and associations of both victims are being looked into, while homicide investigators are canvassing for witnesses and video.
IHIT is seeking dashcam footage, CCTV, or witnesses from the areas around both scenes. The scene in Richmond is specific to the 7000-block of Ackroyd Road between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 4. The scene in Surrey is specific to the 11400-block of 96A Avenue, between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 4.
“This was a brazen shooting in a parkade during mid-day hours,” said Sergeant David Lee of IHIT, “it shows a disregard of greater public safety and that criminal activities cross city boundaries. IHIT is taking full advantage of the resources of the integrated teams and regional RCMP detachments.”
Anyone with information is being asked to call IHIT on the Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected].