For the second time in a year, a full-patch member of the Hells Angels Hardside chapter has been murdered.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has confirmed that 43-year-old Suminder (Ali) Grewal, a member of the notorious biker gang’s newest B.C. chapter, was shot dead Friday morning at the Southpoint Exchange mall in South Surrey.
Surrey RCMP said the shooting occurred around 9:20 a.m. in the drive-thru shared by Envision Financial and a Starbucks.
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elaine Sturko said first responders tried unsuccessfully to revive a man with a gunshot wounds. Grewal was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses reported to police that two people were seen fleeing in a vehicle and later on foot. Police said officers were able to intercept the suspected vehicle and arrest two men who remain in custody.
“Initial indications are that this is a targeted incident,” said Sturko. She said that while there was significant risk to the public at the moment of the shooting, police have found no indication of a continuing public safety risk as a result of it.
Friday afternoon, a vast portion of the parking lot adjacent to the building shared by Starbucks and Envision Financial at 32nd Avenue and 152nd Street was cordoned off by police tape. Some witnesses were being held inside the bank for questioning while concerned family members waited outside.
Employees at the Starbucks refused to comment, but a head office spokeswoman said in an email from Seattle that the coffee shop was closed and the company was taking steps to offer support to employees, none of whom was injured in the shooting.
The victim’s car, possibly a Dodge Viper, sat covered by yellow tarpaulins in the Starbucks drive-thru lane five hours after the shooting. A gold sedan and a white convertible were parked behind it.
Personal property records show that Grewal leased or purchased on credit a Dodge Viper from Langley’s Willowbrook Motors on Sept. 10, 2015.
IHIT has taken over the investigation, which will involve interviewing witnesses, canvassing the neighbourhood and retrieving video surveillance footage.
Last November, Chad Wilson, 43, another member of the Hells Angels Hardside chapter, was found murdered under the Golden Ears Bridge. IHIT continues to investigate that murder.
Grewal and Wilson were both former members of the gang’s Haney chapter in Pitt Meadows before helping form the Hardside chapter in Surrey in early 2017. Mounties in Surrey reviewed all legal means to block the setting up of clubhouse, but had no legal authority to deny anyone from purchasing or renting a residence.
Police are still probing several theories in connection with the Nov. 18, 2018 slaying of Wilson.
Grewal was the Hardside Hells Angel who created a formal link between his chapter and the volatile Brothers Keepers gang. That alliance meant that conflicts the Brothers had with other gangs or over specific incidents of violence could then become issues for Grewal, too.
The Brothers Keepers has had a much more direct involvement in shootings and murders that have become part of what police describe as the Lower Mainland gang conflict.
Anyone with information can contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.