In a span of roughly two months, nearly 10 known shootings have taken place in the Lower Mainland and the Tri-Cities.
Most of these have been linked to ongoing gang violence, including one in Coquitlam on April 19 when a 20-year-old man was murdered near a basketball court in Town Centre Park, which was linked to the targeted hit on a gangster gunned down at Coal Harbour the weekend prior.
About a month later, on May 25, 42-year-old Mir Aali Hussain was gunned down in Maillardville and while, he was known to police, it’s still not clear if the incident was linked to gang violence, according to investigators.
Safety has become a concern for one local MP and she is organizing a virtual town hall meeting this week so the public can hear from officials.
Nelly Shin, Conservative MP for Port Moody-Coquitlam — who also represents the villages of Anmore and Belcarra — is hoping residents in her riding will join the conversation in order to make “a step forward to making our community safer.”
She’ll be joined by fellow B.C. Conservative Rob Morrison (Kootenay-Columbia), who serves as the Tories’ shadow minister for the National Security Committee.
Both Shin and Morrison are set to be joined by a panel of the following RCMP representatives (in alphabetical order):
- Insp. Darren Carr = Operations Support Officer with Coquitlam RCMP
- Det. Kal Dosanjh = Kids Play Foundation
- Sgt. Frank Jang = Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT)
The Public Safety Community Town Hall is scheduled for Wednesday (June 3) at 7 p.m.
Those interested are asked to RSVP in advance by sending an email to Shin’s communications team: Nelly.Shin@parl.gc.ca. A link and code will be sent once attendance is confirmed.
Residents are also encouraged to submit questions for Shin or Morrison to relay to the panelists.
For more information, you can click the Facebook post below.