19-year-old fatally shot in Mission parking lot

Austin Czerwinski/ October 4, 2018

Nine shots were fired in the parking lot, including one that landed in the window of a nearby Mexican restaurant.
(Jeff Malo/ BCIT News)

RCMP say that a shooting incident in Mission has resulted in the death of 19-year-old Varinderpal Gill.

The shooting took place Wednesday, Oct. 3 around 9pm in the parking lot of Junction Mall.

Gill was declared dead on scene by emergency services. He was found in a black pickup truck with visible bullet holes on the side.

“This was a brazen shooting in a busy shopping complex and those responsible showed absolutely no regard for human life.  Fortunately, no one else was hurt from this incident.” – Corporal Frank Jang, IHIT

Abbotsford Police believe a burning SUV found in Bateman Park Thursday morning is related to the shooting.

IHIT suspects this was a targeted incident as Gill was known to police. The Abbotsford Police issued a public warning in August that Gill was a threat to public safety.

One man seen with Gill the night of the incident has been put in custody but has not been charged.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca