THURSDAY’S murder of Red Scorpion leader Matt Campbell shows that gangs opposed to the Red Scorpions are fighting back.
Abbotsford Police were called to a business in the 30100-block of Automall Drive at 3:45 p.m. on November 2 when a man in his 30’s showed up with a severe injury to his neck.
Abbotsford Police said: “Medical resources were deployed to assist the man and APD members began investigating and gathering evidence. Tragically, the wounded man succumbed to his injuries a short time after arriving at hospital. The investigation is now being transitioned to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).”
On Friday, police identified the victim as 31-year-old Matthew Gordon Campbell of Abbotsford.
“Campbell was known to police for his history relating to gang activity and indications at this point in the investigation suggest this was not a random incident. IHIT investigators have taken conduct of the investigation,” said IHIT Sgt. Adam MacIntosh.
He added: “IHIT investigators are working closely with the Abbotsford Police Department, investigators with the CFSEU-BC and the BC Provincial Intelligence Centre (PIC) who have provided information to assist this investigation.”
According to Vancouver Sun’s Kim Bolan, who was the first to reveal the victim’s name, Campbell reportedly took over the Red Scorpions’ leadership after the murders or arrests of a number of key members such as the Bacon brothers Jonathan, Jarrod and Jamie.
Bolan reported that Campbell was convicted of conspiring to traffic firearms in 2007 and received a two-year sentence. Police seized more than 100 guns, including military assault rifles, sub machine guns and fully automatic handguns.
It’s been the Duhres, Dhaks and United Nations members versus Hells Angels, the Red Scorpions and the Independent Soldiers for a number of years.
Police had warned of escalating gang violence following the August 14, 2011 death of Red Scorpion leader Jonathan Bacon. Bacon, Larry Amero, a full-patch Hells Angels member from White Rock, and James Riach of the Independent Soldiers along with two women, one of whom is related to several Hells Angels members in Haney, were attacked in Kelowna. While Bacon was killed, Amero and the two women sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Riach, who was also injured, fled the scene.
Dhak associate Jujhar Khun-Khun, 25, of Surrey, Michael Kerry Hunter Jones, 25, of Gibsons, and Jason Thomas McBride, 37, of North Vancouver were arrested on February 22, 2013, and charged with the first degree murder of Jonathan Bacon as well as four counts each of attempted murder. Manjinder “Manny” Hairan, 29, who was shot dead on January 15, 2013, in Surrey, is believed to have also been involved in the Kelowna shooting.