Coquitlam shooting being investigated by IHIT

Coquitlam, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2023-07-04 13:55 PDT

File # 2023-949

A shooting in Coquitlam has resulted in the deployment of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

Background:

On July 2, 2023, at approximately 9:19 p.m., the Coquitlam RCMP were called to the 500-block of Foster Avenue, after a report of a shooting. Frontline officers attended and located a man suffering from a gun shot wound. Officers, along with members of the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS), attempted life-saving measure, but the victim succumbed to his injuries. IHIT has taken conduct of the investigation and is working closely in partnership with Coquitlam RCMP, BC Coroners Service and the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS). 

IHIT is now identifying the victim as 25-year old Karnvir Singh Garcha of Coquitlam, in hopes of advancing its investigation.

Photo of Garcha

(Photo of Garcha)

Investigators have learned that Mr. Garcha was dropped off at the scene minutes before the homicide.

We are looking to speak with anyone who had contact with Mr. Garcha in the days leading up to the shooting, including the driver of the vehicle that dropped him off, says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT. IHIT is working with its partners to canvass the area for witnesses and to collect CCTV. Any witnesses or anyone with residential, commercial or dash-camera video, who has yet to speak with police, is asked to contact IHIT immediately.

IHIT is asking anyone who was driving in the 500-block of Foster Avenue, between North Road and Blue Mountain Street, from 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with dash-cam video, or anyone with information who has yet to speak with police, 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 (IHIT)
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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