Gang killing numbers down….so far

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

As final submissions begin Wednesday in the Surrey Six murder trial, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says BC is on pace to see a record low of gang-related killings.

Sgt. Lindsey Houghton says at the peak of the violent gang war in 2008 and 2009, gang killings reached the mid 30′s, and the previous low is nine from a few years ago.

“The numbers are still extremely low when you look at some of our US city counterparts, so far this year we have had three gang – related homicides, two in the City of Vancouver and one out in Abbotsford, and we are half way through the year, so if that holds, we will see six.”

The high profile Vancouver court case which resumes Wednesday involves Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston, each charged with conspiracy and six counts of first-degree murder.

Six people were found shot to death, including two innocents, in a high rise condo unit in Surrey in October 2007 in what was immediately labelled a gang-related shooting.

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