A 14-year-old boy was the victim of a fatal Monday night (Dec. 28) shooting in Surrey.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is investigating after the teen was shot and killed in a residential area of Guildford.
Around 7:30 p.m., police responded to an incident in the 11000-block of 148A Street where they found the teen “suffering from gunshot wounds,” according to a release from Surrey RCMP.
Photos from the scene show the incident happened in a residential neighbourhood. There was police tape around the front of a house and a white sedan parked in front. There was also a tent sent up next to a taxi, behind the white sedan.
Sergeant Frank Jang, of IHIT, said the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We learned that our victim arrived in the area by taxi when the shooting occurred,” Jang said during a media briefing on Tuesday.
He added the taxi driver was “unharmed and he is fully cooperating” with investigation.
No one else was hurt in the shooting, Jang said.
Police have not yet publicly identified the victim, but he was a resident of Burnaby.
Jang did say the victim was “known to police” and investigators “believe the victim was targeted for murder.”
Asked if Monday’s shooting was gang-related, Jang said “it’s too early to tell.”
“There’s nothing to indicate that as of yet, but that’s a moment by moment thing. That could obviously change, even as I’m speaking,” said Jang, adding the homicide is “certainly not random.”