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Shooting claims two

<p>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.</p>

Men gunned down in vehicle



KRISTEN THOMPSON/METRO VANCOUVER


Vancouver Police Deputy Chief Doug LePard said yesterday a regional gang task force has been established to deal with escalating violence.



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."



 
 
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