A member of the United Nations gang was killed by gunfire outside the UBC golf club. a nearby wrecked automobile was discovered. and a car accident in Richmond that resulted in arrests.
The targeted killing of Vishal Walia just before 10 a.m. on Monday in the parking lot of the upscale clubhouse in the 5100-block of University Boulevard is being investigated by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
The car that caught fire in an alleyway at Crown Street and West 21 Avenue ten minutes later is being investigated as part of the case. After a car accident on Highway 91 in Richmond at about 10:45 in the morning, suspects in the Vancouver fire were subsequently detained.
The latest murder appears to have connections to the Lower Mainland gang fight, but IHIT’s Sgt. Timothy Pierotti offered little information about it.
“Members arrived and discovered a man with gunshot wounds. Members tried to give him first assistance, but sadly he died from his wounds,” Pierotti told reporters.
Although Sgt. Timothy Pierotti of the IHIT provided scant details about it, the most recent murder appears to be related to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.
“When the members arrived, they found a man who had been shot. Members attempted to help him right after, but regrettably he passed away from his wounds “Pierotti told the media.
Postmedia confirmed that the victim was Walia from several sources. The 38-year-old Vancouver resident was a close associate of UN gangster Aman Manj, who was also shot to death 13 months ago in the parkade of the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel.
Manj’s murder remains unsolved.
Both Walia and Manj were sued by the director of civil forfeiture in 2017 after a Vancouver police stop in which $6,000 was seized and later forfeited.
The statement of claim stated, “The VPD did an officers safety inspection of the vehicle’s driver’s seat area and located what looked to be an aftermarket compartment underneath the centre console.” The vehicle’s trunk included jamming equipment for radio communications, according to the police. The compartment contained a trace amount of methamphetamine and cocaine.
According to the lawsuit, Manj and Walia were both involved in trafficking and in possession of stolen property.
Walia had ties to a number of prominent figures in the Lower Mainland going back more than ten years, including Peter Adiwal, who was shot more than 20 times in 2009 but survived, Gurmit Dhak, who was killed by gunfire in November 2012, and Jujhar Khun Khun, who was found guilty of planning the murder of Red Scorpion gangster Jonathan Bacon in August 2011.
A court database online, however, revealed that Walia had no criminal history in British Columbia.
Golfers who were stunned by the shooting on Monday were unable to play since the club was forced to close for the day. The forensic team was gathering evidence while the trunk of the victim’s white Porsche Panamera was open. A blue tent was eventually placed up over the body, covered by a white tarp.
Passersby paused to inquire as to what had occurred. One man told Postmedia that he had come over to take a look after hearing gunfire from their residence.
The murder investigation spans three police agencies: Richmond RCMP, where the arson suspects collided with a police cruiser and a commercial vehicle; IHIT, since the crime occurred at UBC, which is under the RCMP’s authority; Vancouver, where the automobile was discovered.
Firefighters “extinguished the fire and there are no reports of injuries,” Vancouver police Const. Jason Doucette said. The Arson Unit of the VPD will investigate to see if the fire is connected to any prior incidents.
The accident between the police vehicle, the commercial truck, and “a vehicle thought to have been related to a suspicious fire that occurred in Vancouver,” according to Richmond RCMP Cpl. Ian Henderson, is under the jurisdiction of his organisation.
According to him, the commercial vehicle’s driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening wounds. Three people from the third vehicle involved were detained and are being kept while the inquiry is conducted.