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Man wounded in Abbotsford shooting provides few details to police

The incident took place Monday and police are asking witnesses to come forward.
Police were on the scene of the fatal shooting of Harpreet Chahal on June 23. It's not yet known whether a shooting earlier this week is related.

A 30-year-old man who was wounded in what police believe was a targeted shooting Monday afternoon in Abbotsford has failed to provide police with specific details about the incident.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said police found out about the shooting when they received a call from the hospital that a man had shown up with a gunshot wound (or wounds).

The victim's injuries were non-life-threatening, and MacDonald could not comment on the specifics, including how many times he had been shot.

The victim, who MacDonald said has had previous "negative interactions" with police, provided only vague details about the incident.

MacDonald said the man indicated he was driving somewhere between 264 Street and Mt. Lehman Road north of Highway 1 at about 2:30 p.m. when he was shot. The call from the hospital came about 25 minutes later.

Police believe the shooting took place somewhere along that stretch of Downes Road.

The man was driving his black GMC pickup at the time. It is not known whether there were other people in the vehicle with him.

"What happened between the shooting and the arrival at hospital? Those are questions we'd like answers to," MacDonald said.

He said the victim would not provide any details on the possible identity of the shooters; whether they were in a vehicle and, if so, what kind; and how many people were involved.

MacDonald said the shooting is believed to be related to gangs and/or drugs, but it's too early to tell if there are any connections to the fatal shooting of Harpreet Chahal on June 23.

Chahal, 25, was killed in a drive-by shooting at South Fraser Way and Emerson Street. He is an associate of Jujhar Khun-Khun, who is one of three people charged with the August 2011 murder of Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna.

No one has yet been charged with his death.

Investigators are now seeking witnesses in Monday's shooting, including anyone who might have seen the victim driving or any suspicious people or vehicles in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Vikki Hopes

About the Author: Vikki Hopes

I have been a journalist for almost 40 years, and have been at the Abbotsford News since 1991.
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