In an apparent case of targeted shooting in Canada, a 19-year-old Sikh man was shot dead outside his home and his cousin was seriously injured by unidentified persons.
The shooting started shortly after Gagandeep Singh Dhaliwal got home with his family after a wedding reception. He was hanging out with his cousin at the garage when unidentified persons started fire, his family was quoted as saying by the Global News.
Both the men were immediately rushed to a hospital, but Dhaliwal succumbed to his injuries. His cousin is currently receiving treatment and is expected to survive.
The Abbotsford Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at a home around 11:30 pm.
“It’s not clear what the motive was but investigators believe the shooting was targeted,” Corporal Frank Jang with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said in a statement cited by the media.
“Whenever, you know, some person or persons decide to discharge or fire a gun in the community, there’s always that concern that it could hit someone else. In this case we believe the bullets hit their target. We believe Dhaliwal was targeted for murder,” he said.
Jang said they believe “an unknown person approached the residence and shots were fired but have not yet determined a motive.
It was not immediately known if Dhaliwal, who was working as an electrician’s apprentice, was killed due to gang-related or drug-related conflicts.