Mission: The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is seeking public assistance to further its investigation after a shooting in Mission has left one man dead.
On October 3, at approximately 9 p.m., the Mission RCMP received numerous reports of a shooting at Mission Junction Mall, 32555 London Avenue. When police arrived, they found 19-year-old Varinderpal Gill with gunshot wounds, who was pronounced dead at scene by emergency services. IHIT was called in to take conduct of the investigation.
On October 4, at 1:14 a.m., the Abbotsford Police Department was notified of a burning SUV in Bateman Park near Bateman Road and Wright Street. Investigators believe this vehicle is connected to the homicide of Mr. Gill and would like to speak with anyone with information about it.
IHIT is working closely with its partners from the Mission RCMP, the Abbotsford Police Department, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.
Mr. Gill was known to police and investigators believe this was a targeted incident. IHIT is working to determine motive.
“This was a brazen shooting in a busy shopping complex and those responsible showed absolutely no regard for human life. Fortunately, no one else was hurt from this incident,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT. “We are releasing Mr. Gill’s name in an effort to determine his activities and who he may have had contact with prior to his death.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).