Vancouver gang wars claim 2 more victims
Nov 07, 2007 04:30 AM
Western Canada Bureau Chief
Vancouver–One victim was gunned down outside his mansion, another man shot after eating noodles in a cheap late-night eatery, and now Vancouver police say an escalating gang war has become even deadlier and more violent.
Two vehicles trapped an expensive Mercedes sedan at a major intersection early yesterday morning and opened fire on two men inside.
The two victims, Ronal Shakeel Raj, 31, of Surrey and Ali Abhari, 25, of Kelowna died at the scene.
They were known to police and believed to have links to an emerging gang called the United Nations, which has its roots in the Fraser Valley.
The shooting of the two men in this most recent brazen, targeted attack is just more of what police say is a spike in gang violence.
Another victim, Hong Chao Huang, also known as Raymond, was shot to death late Saturday night as he was about to enter his $5 million mansion in the elegant west-side neighbourhood of Shaughnessy.
The victim's 10-year-old daughter phoned 911 to tell police that her father had been gunned down outside their home.
Huang, 45, was a reputed leader in the Dai Huen Jai, or Big Circle Boys gang, which has been quiet for the last few years in the Lower Mainland.
He had been connected to the crime syndicate's operations in Toronto – where he lived for at least a decade – as well as in Alberta and Vancouver, according to a police source.
Another man, Hiep Vinh Do, 51, was shot to death outside an Asian restaurant Halloween night.
His shooting followed two other hits at restaurants – one in August that killed two men and a second shooting last month at a trendy Vancouver Italian restaurant that injured two others.
The deadliest shootings occurred in Surrey three weeks ago when six men were found dead inside an apartment.
Two of the victims were innocent bystanders who stumbled onto the crime scene by accident.
Read it all at the Toronto Star.
The victims of these homicides have either Asian (Chinese, Vietnamese) or South Asian names (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka). This tells us something. It appears a rivalry may be brewing between Asian and South Asian gangs in Vancouver. The Hell's Angels biker gang has a hand in the Canadian drug trade but they are a domestically produced problem. Asian and South Asians are an imported people. There shouldn't an excuse for this kind of behaviour from them because Canada's immigration system is supposed to weed out criminals. Immigrants are supposed to be a more law abiding people than the general population. Am I right?
Canada imported this problem and now were stuck with it. A way to tackle it is to reduce immigrant numbers. This will free up overtaxed resources so as to prevent criminals and other riff-raff from slipping in. But there is no political will to do this because immigration is a numbers game estranged from the real economic needs of the country. Inevitable law abiding Canadians are punished to deal with what is an immigration problem. For example most of the gun violence in Toronto is rooted in the immigrant Jamaican community. The solution proposed by the brain trusts in Toronto is to blame the Americans, of course, and legislate tighter gun controls. How does tighter gun controls stop the inflow of violent criminals into the country? Don't expect a rational answer from Toronto to that question.
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