“This is a worst case scenario.”
An errant bullet from a targeted attack has killed an innocent bystander in Abbotsford in what police are calling a violent and senseless act. It happened last night around 7:15 in the 3500 block of Promontory Court. Constable Ian MacDonald says the 74-year-old man was in his yard, adjacent to where the shooting took place.
“We don’t believe this individual would have been shot at for any reason. He has no negative background whatsoever. This is an upstanding citizen. He merely was outside, unfortunately as this targeting shooting took place driveway next door.”
IHIT Sgt. Jennifer Pound confirms that they’ve taken over the investigation, calling the incident a tragedy.
“….Just a really, really unfortunate example of what this violence can create.There is a devastated family left behind to grieve this with a lot of answers that they’re not going to get, a lot of questions that are not going to get answered for some time.”
A dark SUV seen leaving the area. They still have to go through some surveillance video.
Neighbours of the man who was killed are disturbed
From the look of it, it’s like many other west Abbotsford neighbourhoods – quiet cul-de-sacs, neighbours out for walks.
But this morning many are realizing their worst fears.
Henry Zukowski says the death of an innocent bystander means things have reached a breaking point.
“Nobody should feel threatened and you know be subjected to this kind of behaviour, to lose a loved one, right, an innocent bystander. The City obviously hasn’t done enough to protect us and police, I mean they can only do so much right?”
He says cameras installed haven’t deterred gang activity that’s been a problem for about a year now.
He wants the City to hold a forum so residents can air their concerns.
Victim was a friendly neighbour
Shiminder Sharma says he heard multiple gunshots, then saw the victim’s son run out to meet police.
Sharma knew the man, who he describes as nice, and says the victim could often be found playing with neighbourhood kids.
“We are scared, we want this to be finished and 100% of our effort from all in the neighbourhood try to help police.”
As for the intended targets, Sharma describes them as kids who are mostly left to do their own thing.
Constable MacDonald says no arrests have been made.