Man shot dead outside Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara

Nabil Anas

Global Courant

Police are investigating a deadly shooting outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, BC, east of Vancouver on Sunday night.

Surrey RCMP issued a statement confirming that its officers were on site at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara at 120 Street.

Police have not confirmed the identity of the victim, who they said was an adult male found in a vehicle with gunshot wounds. The killing took place in the car park of the gurdwara, according to a Surrey RCMP statement at 10pm on Sunday.

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At 10:30 PM, there was a heavy police presence with more than 100 people at the temple. Police had cordoned off both entrances.

Spectators gather at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara after a deadly shooting on Sunday night. (Sohrab Sandhu/CBC)

Police said they were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. after a “report of a shooting in a temple parking lot.”

Police administered first aid, but the man died at the scene.

The region’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) will work with Surrey RCMP to investigate the murder and is “currently in the evidence-gathering phase,” speaking to witnesses and seeking videos or other evidence.

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The Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib on 120th Street in Surrey can be seen in this image from 2019. (Google Maps Streetview)

“At this early stage of the investigation, possible motives for the shooting are not yet known,” Surrey RCMP said in the statement. “Police are still determining possible suspicious descriptions from multiple witnesses who were nearby.”

The force said it is “aware of social media posts speculating about the identity of the victim” but would not confirm his identity.

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Man shot dead outside Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara

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