Investigators have released a vague description of a suspect in connection to a brazen daylight shooting which killed a man over the weekend.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team will only say a suspect involved in Amarjit Singh Sandhu’s murder is a “non-white male, early- to mid-20s, slim, six foot, grey hoodie, dark pants, and possibly wearing a ball cap.”
Amarjit Sandhu homicide Suspect desc: non white male,early to mid 20’s, slim, 6′, grey hoodie, dark pants possibly wearing a ball cap.
— IHIT (@HomicideTeam) June 6, 2016
It’s not much to go on after the local developer was gunned down in the parking lot of a Tim Horton’s in Richmond near Ironwood Plaza on Saturday around 6 o’clock in the evening.
Investigators are in the area again today speaking with witnesses and business owners.
Politics and development
56-year-old Amarjit Singh Sandhu was the prominent developer behind Sandhill Development, but was also highly active in the Sikh Community leading the Sikh Youth Movement.
Last year, he fought a successful lawsuit against Vancouver’s Khalsa Diwan society, better known as the Ross Street Temple, to have its executive declared invalid.
That win kicked off a new election at the temple, due to be held September 10th. Just hours before he was gunned down, Sandhu was at the temple signing up new members.
But political rival and temple assistant secretary Kashmir Dhaliwal says he can’t imagine the murder is linked to politics, as both sides had agreed to a compromise.
“We were really, really upset to hear that. If we have some problem with somebody we should sit together, debate with each other, and we should solve our problems peacefully. We strictly condemn violence.
“We can appeal that [court] decision, but we decided that both sides should sit together and shouldn’t waste any money of [the] temple, and we started signing members jointly.”
He says he saw Sandhu Saturday, and that the man didn’t seem troubled.
Sandhu’s business dealings were also somewhat combative, and the Khalsa Diwan lawsuit wasn’t his first.
Court documents show both he and his company involved in scores of cases dating back to the 1990’s.
Police say he was shot outside the Tim Hortons near Ironwood Plaza just after six P.M.
Investigators soon tracked down a black Nissan pick-up which was covered in bullet holes.
Sandhu was transported to hospital but later died from his injuries.
IHIT believes the shooting was targeted and are investigating the case.