North Vancouver shooting: Homicide squad releases surveillance footage

Police located a suspicious vehicle and released surveillance footage in the days following the shooting death of a well-known gang member in the parking lot of a North Vancouver grocery store.

A car was found on fire near East 29th Street and Tempe Crescent around 7 p.m. Saturday, homicide investigators said at a press conference on Tuesday. Investigators confirmed the vehicle was a dark blue Mazda, which was seen driving away from the scene of the shooting on Friday.

In addition to the vehicle update, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team also released surveillance video and images of two individuals they believe were seen exiting the Mazda.

“We want to identify these individuals and speak with them,” Det. Cpl. said Sukhi Dhesi.

Dhesi said the person driving the Mazda was wearing a black hoodie, gray pants with a patchwork or ripped pattern, black shoes and a medical mask. They carried a gray backpack with a single strap.

The other person in the car was described as wearing a three-quarter length black jacket with a hood, which had a “very distinct” white symbol on the left shoulder. They also wore gray pants and black shoes.

“If anyone recognizes or has seen these individuals in the 300 block of Tempe Crescent in or around North Vancouver, you are asked to contact IHIT immediately,” Dhesi said.

Milad Rahimi, 34, was shot multiple times in the Superstore parking lot on Seymour Boulevard on Friday afternoon. He was rushed to hospital, but died of his injuries.

Rahimi was described by police as “well known” to them, and they said his death had “all the hallmarks of a gang-targeted hit”.

The alleged mobster was arrested in Vancouver in 2008 in connection with a violent kidnapping, but all charges against him were later dropped. Homicide investigators say Rahimi’s gang ties are both local and international.

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