Verinder Singh lives just a stone’s throw from where Aaron Paul Singh Bains was slain.
He was asleep at the time – no surprise, because he says he never goes out at night fearing something just like this.
“If we would have been standing there we would have witnessed those guys, and they would have already shot us.”
Investigators have confirmed Bains was linked to Surrey’s ongoing gang war.
No surprise to Singh who says the area is a regular gang hangout – popular for the all night gas station and fast food – and an isolated street to do deals on.
“There’s a Tim Hortons 24/7 and an A&W – so they get off after the party and the come here and they beat each other and like to smash.”
He says he wants the police to be more alert – something many residents will be calling for for at a community forum to be held Tuesday.
Darlene Bowyer says she’s been trying to get a meeting between community groups, the city, and both provincial and federal officials on the problem.
She says she’s been bounced between council, the board of trade, and the city manager, but hasn’t seen action.
She says the current mayor and council supported the idea when she pitched it at a community ralley in Newton last fall.
“Eight months later and they still have not organized this meeting. If we don’t get all levels of government together talking about the problem, we cannot come up with solutions.”
Bowyer adds it’s disapointing that terrorism has fattened security budgets – but not for police dealing with violent crime.
“Well isn’t it interesting that when our elected Federal officials have terrorism or crime in their meeting place that they get an immediate direction of police officers into that area? We don’t get the resources, but they take our resources away.”