Prosecutors have charged two people in a double fatal shooting that rocked the resort community of Whistler, B.C., this weekend.
Gurusumran Sahota, 24, and Tanveer Khakh, 20, are both charged with first-degree murder. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said both men were known to police.
The shooting happened around 12:20 a.m. Sunday near the Sundale Boutique Hotel in Whistler Village, as the area was packed with shoppers, diners and tourists.
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“Everybody was out, beautiful day, the village looked like it was basically like it was before the pandemic, lots of people,” said witness Rebecca Smith, who heard multiple gunshots.
“Moments later, a huge crowd of people starts running screaming, ‘Shooter, shooter, get out, get out!'”
Maninder Dhaliwal and Sathendra Gul were killed in the firing. THIT said both men were known to police, and that the killings were likely connected to an ongoing regional gang dispute.
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Police found a burned vehicle in the 3300 block of Ptarmigan Place believed to be connected to the shooting.
Investigators later arrested two men after setting up a checkpoint on the Sea to Sky Highway in the Squamish area.
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Dhaliwal was one of 11 men featured in an alert issued last March by BC’s Gang-Focused Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, which said they posed a “significant threat to the public.” What was and was at the time “linked to the recent upsurge in violence”. .
Doug Spencer, a retired detective with the Vancouver Police Department’s gang unit, said Dhaliwal was involved with the Brothers Keepers gang, and that his brother was busted by another public gang in Coal Harbor last April.
“Everybody’s surprised, like it’s out in the open in a crowded Whistler in the middle of the day — they don’t care,” he said.
“Wherever they find their target, they’ll get them and they don’t care who’s around.”
Anyone who shot video of the burning vehicle in the Sundale Crescent area or neighborhood between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. should contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email Called to contact via at email@example.com.
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