Panorama Ridge man shot in back after booze theft

Late-night altercation with two visitors leads to shooting Surrey shooting.

A 31-year-old Surrey man was airlifted to hospital Tuesday, after he was shot in the back during a late-night altercation at a Panorama Ridge home.

Cpl. Drew Grainger said police raced to the 12400-block of 53 Street just after 11 p.m., after a 911 call alerted them to the shooting.

“This apparently was as a result of the male being visited last night by two people known to him,” Grainger said Wednesday. “They spoke at the doorway to the residence, apparently about some liquor that had been stolen a couple days prior to yesterday.

“This discussion became quite animated, to the point where a handgun was produced, shots were fired and the victim sustained a single gunshot wound to the back.”

Grainger said the man was initially listed in serious condition, but has since stabilized and is expected to make a full recovery. He is co-operating with police, Grainger said.

Including the victim, there were three adults in the home at the time of the shooting. Two “persons of interest” are being sought in connection with the incident. Grainger said as they are known to the victim, it is not a matter of if police will locate the pair, but when.

Officers with Surrey RCMP’s serious crimes unit are investigating.

The shooting is the most recent incident in a rash of violence that’s occurred in Surrey since Christmas Eve.

On Dec. 29, a 55-year-old man was found seriously beaten in a minivan parked in the 9500-block of 139 Street; Apollo-Lyn Simpson, 28, was fatally gunned down in the 9500-block of 125 Street Dec. 27; a 54-year-old woman was shot in the chest at a Whalley apartment Dec. 26; grocery store clerk Alok Gupta, a 27-year-old Kwantlen business student, was fatally shot Dec. 25 in the 11700-block of 96 Avenue; and Bradley McPherson, 28, was fatally shot while at a Christmas Eve party in the 13100-block of 67A Avenue.

In Langley, a man shot in front of his home Dec. 26, is believed to have been a targeted killing.

Police said last week that the spate of incidents are not linked and not gang-related.