Last Update: May 29, 2023, 2:24 PM IST
An Indian-origin man, who figured in the list of Canadian police’s most violent gangsters, was shot dead by unidentified persons at a wedding venue in Canada’s Vancouver city.
The incident took place after 28-year-old Amarpreet Samra and his elder brother Ravinder were invited to a wedding in Vancouver.
Samra, a resident of Punjab, was on the dance floor at Fraserview Banquet Hall with other wedding guests less than 30 minutes before he was shot at around 1:30 a.m. on Fraser Street, reports the Vancouver Sun.
Reports say that after the gangster was shot, someone came back to the hall and shouted at the DJ to stop the music.
The guests stayed inside and hid behind a partition at the back of the hall, not knowing whether the shooter was nearby.
Another eyewitness said that it looked as if the gangster had been shot using a “machine-gun”.
The attackers are said to be from the rival Brothers Keepers group. A burning vehicle allegedly belonging to the suspect was later found near the Surrey/Delta border.
The two brothers are said to be aligned with the United Nations (UN) gang, which originated in the Vancouver area of British Columbia in Canada and is involved in a decades-long feud with rivals.
Vancouver police said they began receiving calls about the shooting around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
“Patrol officers performed CPR on the victim until paramedics arrived, but he died from his injuries. Investigators believe it was a targeted shooting related to the ongoing gang conflict,” said police.
Amarpreet Samra has a long criminal history. The report said that he and two accomplices were convicted of kidnapping and forcible confinement in October 2015 after holding a man and extorting money from his family.
Samarra has also been the subject of two civil forfeiture cases where the government ordered the confiscation of his vehicles and tens of thousands in cash.
Amarpreet Samra was targeted in May 2021 during a shooting in the North Delta that killed an officer, Bikramdeep Randhawa.