Shooting at Abbotsford mall parking lot results in IHIT deployment

Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2024-01-21 15:50 PST

File # 2024-90

IHIT has deployed to Abbotsford after a shooting at an Abbotsford Mall left one man deceased.

Background:

On January 20, 2024 at approximately 5:45 p.m., the Abbotsford Police Department (AbbyPD) received a call of a shooting in a north-east underground mall parking lot in the 32900-block of South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC. AbbyPD front line officers attended and located a 25-year old man deceased inside a vehicle. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken conduct of the investigation and will be working closely in partnership with the AbbyPD and the BC Coroners Service.

Shortly after the shooting, AbbyPD were advised of a vehicle fire in the 2900-block of Townshipline Road, in Abbotsford. IHIT investigators are working with AbbyPD forensic experts to determine any connection between the two scenes. 

Initial evidence suggests this was a targeted shooting. Investigators have identified the victim as 25-year old man Amritpal Saran of Abbotsford and are now releasing his name in hopes of furthering their investigation. 

This was a careless shooting, showing no concern for public safety, says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT. We are looking to speak with witnesses who were at either the mall parking lot where the shooting occurred, or scene of the vehicle arson. 

IHIT is asking anyone with information who has yet to speak with police, or anyone who was driving in north-east section of the mall parking lot between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. or in the 2900-block of Townshipline Road between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. with dash-camera footage to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Released by

Sgt. Timothy Pierotti

Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6T3
Office: 778-290-5202

Email: ediv_ihit_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: homicideteam.ca

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