IHIT seeking witnesses in Richmond homicide

Richmond, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2023-07-29 17:37 PDT

File # 2023-1067

On July 27, 2023 at 5:45 p.m., Richmond RCMP received multiple reports of shots fired in the 8000-block of Minler Road, Richmond. Richmond RCMP frontline officers and BC Emergency Health Services (EHS) attended and located a man suffering from gun shot wounds. Despite all efforts to revive the victim, he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

A short time later, Richmond RCMP and Richmond Fire Department were called to reports of a vehicle found engulfed in flames in the 12000-block of Blundell Road. At this time, IHIT investigators believe this vehicle is associated to the shooting.

IHIT is in the early stages of its investigation and our investigators are completing priority tasks. We continue to work closely with the Richmond RCMP, Integrated Forensic Identification Services and BC Coroners Service.

We are releasing a photo and the name of the victim to further our investigation and to build a timeline of his activities for the days leading up to his death. The victim is identified as 36-year-old Ravinder Samra of Richmond.

Photo - Ravinder Samra

(Photo - Ravinder Samra)

Mr. Samra was known to police and we believe this was a targeted shooting associated to the BC Gang Conflict, says IHIT spokesperson Corporal Sukhi Dhesi.

IHIT investigators are asking for any witnesses, dashcam or CCTV footage from the area of the 8000-block of Minler Road from July 27, 2023 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Anyone in the area of the12000-block of Blundell Road from July 27, 2023 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., with dashcam or CCTV footage is urged to contact IHIT immediately.

These are unsettling incidents for members of our community. I urge anyone who wishes to talk to someone to contact Victim Services and IHIT investigators, says IHIT spokesperson Corporal Sukhi Dhesi.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Released by

Cpl. Sukhi Dhesi

Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigations Team (IHIT)
Office: 236-334-3081

Email: bcrcmp-grcencb@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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