The man shot dead in a South Surrey drive-thru on Friday morning has been identified as a member of a prominent outlaw motorcycle gang.
Multiple sources, including a witness at the scene, have confirmed to Global News that the victim was Suminder (Ali) Grewal, a member of the Hells Angels.
Surrey RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Elenore Sturko said the shooting happened at the drive-thru for a financial institution in the 3000-block of 152 Street around 9:20 a.m.
Two men who fled from the scene — first in a vehicle, then on foot — have been arrested, Sturko said. The suspects reportedly blew a tire in their attempt to flee.
Sturko said the shooting appears to be targeted. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has since taken lead on the case.
One witness who asked not to be named told Global News the victim died in his arms, after he heard shots and went outside.
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The man said the victim’s car was second in line for the Starbucks drive-thru, and that there was broken glass all over the ground.
“When I looked in, the victim … was slumped over and I could see a wound from his belly,” he said, adding that he was on the phone to 911.
“They said go ahead and put pressure on the wounds, which I did, and while I was doing that he jerked twice, and I was pretty confident he passed then.”
The man described the victim as South Asian, and said he saw what he believed to be a Hells Angels sticker on the vehicle.
The killing follows the murder of Hells Angel Chad Wilson back in November, 2018. Wilson’s body was found under the Golden Ears Bridge.
Witness Tammy Ritchie told Global News Radio CKNW that police tape was up behind the building, which includes a shared drive-thru for Starbucks and Envision Financial.
“Tape is up from that whole general vicinity of that area and about seven or eight police cars,” she said.
Aerial video showed a blue car partially covered by a tarp at the coffee shop drive-thru, with several other vehicles stopped in line behind it.
Two other witnesses told Global News police had congregated on a blue Dodge Viper in the drive-thru.
Some businesses in the Southpoint Exchange mall complex were told by police they had to close up shop, possibly for the entire day.
Staff and customers were also told that they need to be escorted to their vehicles by a police officer.
Sukhi Sandu with Surrey anti-crime group Wake Up Surrey was on his way to get coffee when police descended on the scene.
“We’ve lost too many of our kids, we’ve lost over 250 of our boys to this nonsense targeted violence,” he said.
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“It’s time for the community to wake up, it’s time for our politicians to wake up. Enough is enough. This is not just a Newton problem or a Guildford problem, this is a Surrey problem.”
Drivers are being advised to avoid the area, and be prepared to see a heavy police presence.
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