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Gursimran Sahota and Tanvir Khakh of Surrey arrested and charged in Whistler shooting

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 25 Jul, 2022 04:40 PM
  • Gursimran Sahota and Tanvir Khakh of Surrey arrested and charged in Whistler shooting

RCMP say two people were killed in a brazen midday shooting that shut down the Whistler Blackcomb resort in British Columbia on Sunday.

The Mounties say in a statement that two people have been arrested in connection with the attack in the resort's village near Sundial Hotel at about 12:19 p.m.

The two arrested have been identified as 24-year-old Gursimran Sahota, from Surrey and 20-year-old Tanvir Khakh, from Surrey.

First degree murder charges have been laid for the two. 

“This act was outrageous and shock to the visitors and community of Whistler,” said Sergeant David Lee of IHIT, “these results are thanks to the real-time information provided and the quick actions of the First Responders.”

IHIT investigators and its partners worked continuously in processing the scene and collecting the appropriate evidence to secure these charges.

3 other individuals were arrested along with Khakh and Sahota. The extent of their involvement is still being determined.

The victims are identified as Satindera Gill and Meninder Dhaliwal. Both were known to police. 

Meninder Dhaliwal, 29, was a member of Brothers Keepers gang and died at the scene. Dhaliwal, along with his brother Barinder Dhaliwal, was on a list of six men, four of them of Indian descent, released last year by the Vancouver Police Department which called them "gangsters" who "pose a significant risk to the safety of the public".

It said that last year Dhaliwal's brother Harb was killed outside a Vancouver restaurant when he was with him and Barinder. Meninder chased the gunman, Francoise Gauthier, and stabbed him in the eye, but did not face charges, it added. Gauthier admitted last month in a Canadian court to carrying out the murder and was sentenced to life in prison, the Sun reported.

It said that both Meninder and Barinder had been shot several times in the past.

His friend Satindera Gill succumbed to injuries at a local medical clinic. Satindera Gill, was not associated with gang activity. Gill was employed as a concrete truck operator and was in Whistler for his birthday celebration. 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken control of the investigation, working with the Sea-to-Sky RCMP, the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS), the B.C. Coroners Service and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia.

In a release issued late Sunday night, IHIT says a burning vehicle discovered on Ptarmigan Place in Whistler is believed to be associated with the shooting.

IHIT said the shooting is believed to have been targeted, and in relation to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

Sara Roston, a spokesperson for Whistler Blackcomb, says in an email that RCMP cleared the Whistler area of any imminent danger, but the resort was closed for the day out of respect for guests and those affected by the shooting.

Roston says staff resumed operations temporarily to allow guests to come down the mountain on chair lifts and gondolas and leave safely.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence, and we stand in support of our community," she says in the email.

RCMP say that although the attack happened "out in the open" in the village area, officers believe there is no ongoing risk to the public.

"I’m confident with the work done by our investigators that there remains no risk to community safety," Insp. Robert Dyskstra, officer in charge of the Sea to Sky RCMP, says in a statement.

This investigation is still ongoing.

 

 

 

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