As homicide investigators are trying to find yet another killer in Surrey, newly elected Mayor Doug McCallum took the opportunity to blame the RCMP for the violence.
McCallum said in a news release that the Newton shooting “is yet another example of the ongoing trauma and fear that are being inflicted on the communities, residents and families of Surrey.”
“This latest incident of deadly gun violence further emphasizes the need for the City of Surrey to have its own city police force,” he said. “The people of Surrey have been abundantly clear that such a move is a top priority, which is why council and I have moved immediately to establish a Surrey Police Department and terminate the city’s contract with the RCMP.”
McCallum said the provincial government is resisting the move he wants to make.
“I want to urge the premier to remove any road blocks at the provincial level and help us make this critical transition proceed in the most timely and smooth manner possible for the people of Surrey.”
The 22-year old victim, who was not known to police, was shot to death in the 14200-block of 70A Avenue at 1:30 a.m. Friday.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is in charge of the case. The victim’s name has not yet been released.
The top cop in B.C. responded to McCallum’s news release.
Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr said she lives in the region and is as alarmed about gang violence as other citizens are.
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