Men gunned down in vehicle
KRISTEN THOMPSON/METRO VANCOUVER
Two men were shot dead in their car in south Vancouver early yesterday morning, the latest victims in what police are calling escalating gang violence.
At 2:15 a.m. two SUVs boxed-in a silver Mercedes as it was making a left-hand turn at the intersection of Granville Street and 70th Avenue.
Vancouver Police Deputy Chief Doug LePard, said a passenger got out of one of the SUVs and opened fire on the Mercedes, killing the two men.
"It shows a higher level of planning than we have seen and a higher level of pre-meditation," he said. "Both were involved in gang activities."
The victims have been identified as Ronal (Raj) Shakeel, 31, of Surrey and Ali Abhari, 25, of Kelowna.
LePard said there is clearly a conflict between two or more gangs and the conflicts are being settled with gunplay. "These people are very cavalier about their use of violence," he said. "They seem to have a greater willingness to carry firearms, to use firearms and to use them in public places."