The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken conduct of the investigation into the homicide of Gavinder Grewal, 30, in North Vancouver on Friday night.
On December 22, just before 8 p.m., the North Vancouver RCMP received a report of a male found dead in an apartment in the 1500-block of Fern Street. The death was deemed suspicious in nature and IHIT was called in.
Grewal, resident of North Vancouver was known to police and associated to gang activity.
It is early in the investigation but investigators believe his murder was targeted and linked to other gang violence in the Lower Mainland.
IHIT said it is working closely with its partners from the North Vancouver RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section and the B.C. Coroner’s Service to gather evidence.
IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang said, “There are people who knew Mr. Grewal that may have information that could help us solve his murder. I urge these individuals to come forward and speak with IHIT.”
BACK in March 2015, Abbotsford Police issued what they called “an important public safety notification” warning the public about three men it believed posed “a risk of significant harm” to the safety of the community and anyone who may associate with them.
The three men were involved in an ongoing conflict and a criminal lifestyle that included violence, drugs, and weapons. Police released their photos.
One of the three was Grewal, who police said had a criminal conviction for extortion and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He was prohibited from possessing firearms.
IN June 2016, Grewal, then 29, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Mandy Johnson, 22, and attempted murder in the shooting of her boyfriend, Gator Browne, who escaped unharmed, in a shooting on July 28, 2010, in Abbotsford. The victims were sitting in a car.
Another man, Jason Himpfen, then 41, was charged with attempted murder in relation to Browne and with second-degree murder in Johnson’s death.
Police said at the time that they believed the shooting was related to the street level drug trade.
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, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.