ABBOTSFORD, B.C.: Ongoing conflict between two Indo-Canadian groups in the Fraser Valley leaves young Sikh man dead
Police on scene of an apparent drive-by shooting that ended the life of an Indo-Canadian in his late teens.
Homicide investigators in the Lower Mainland have been busy of late with murders taking place all over the lower mainland and now in the Fraser Valley with this latest killing of young Indo-Canadian which the LINK has learned is Herman Biring, the son of Sukhjivan Singh Biring “Thakra”, who is also known as a promoter of Punjabi shows in the Abbotsford area.
By R. Paul Dhillon
With News Files
ABBOTSFORD – A drive-by shooting in Abbotsford left a young man dead, who sources out of Abbotsford say is an Indo-Canadian in his late teens
Sources tell the LINK that Herman Biring is the victim of ongoing conflict between two Indo-Canadian groups in the Fraser Valley, which police had earlier warned would get more violent and feared people dying as a result of the continuing escalation
Police responded to the area around Sparrow Drive and Goldfinch Street in the city just after 8 p.m.
They found a male, believed to be in his late teens, slumped over inside a dark coloured SUV and suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, reported CTV News.
He was pronounced dead on scene.
“We searched the area for any other victims and any other suspects that might be involved in this shooting,” said Const. Ian MacDonald. “Witnesses indicated that two vehicles left the area at a high rate of speed.”
It’s unclear if the suspected homicide is connected to an increase in youth violence in the area reported by police over the last several months.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation team has taken over the case.
Abbotsford Police had earlier warned that there was an escalation of violence between two Indo-Canadian groups with more than 25 incidents being reported since May 11, most of them involving property damage,
But police said they’re “extremely concerned” that the conflict could result in “serious injuries” either to the young men involved or their families.
The conflict is believes to be between two groups of males, which constitute a large number of young Indo-Canadians, between the ages of 15 and 25 – a total of about 20 people, Abbotsford police said earlier.
Most of the incidents have taken place at night. Police have received calls about rocks thrown through windows and cars smashed up with sledgehammers. They’ve also been called to fights in parks in the middle of the night. A few arrests have been made and assault charges have been recommended.
Currently most of the damage has involved the homes or vehicles of people that are somehow connected to the males in both groups. Police say there is a pattern of incidents followed by retaliations over the past few months.
The Abbotsford Police Department’s major crime unit is leading the investigation of the conflict. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the department at 604-859-5225, or text it at 222973.