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UPDATE – Charges Approved in Murder of Abbotsford Man – Targeted Shooting – Vancouver’s Coal Habour, 51 Year Old Charged With First Degree Murder

Vancouver/Abbotsford – APRIL 24 UPDATE – Charges were approved on Saturday by BC Prosecution Service following a Vancouver Police investigation into a homicide in Coal Harbour last weekend.

Police responded to calls of shots fired outside Cardero’s restaurant around 8:30 p.m. on April 17. Harpreet Singh Dhaliwal, 31, was pronounced dead on scene after first responders were unsuccessful in reviving him.

Dhaliwal is from Abbotsford.

Francois Joseph Gauthier, 51, has been charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of possess a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm without being the holder of authorization or a license under which he may possess the firearm.

Gauthier remains in custody until his next court appearance.

ORIGINAL STORY APRIL 19 – Vancouver Police have identified the victim of the year’s fifth homicide as Harpreet Singh Dhaliwal.

The 31-year-old from Abbotsford died Saturday night after being shot outside a Coal Harbour restaurant.

“We continue to believe this incident was a targeted killing and that Dhaliwal was the intended victim,” says Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD. “While we don’t think there is an immediate risk to the public, it is always shocking and unnerving when gun violence takes place in such a busy, public place.

Homicide detectives continue to investigate. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the tip line at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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