Vancouver in British Columbia frequently finds itself in the top ten most desirable places to live in the world. But although it is an affluent city with a mild climate, great restaurants and beautiful mountains on its doorstep, it is a city with a dark underbelly.
Detectives in the Canadian city of Vancouver are desperately trying to keep the lid on a gang war which claimed another life on Sunday, 9 May, when a well-known gangster was gunned down at the city’s international airport.
Karman Singh Grewal, who had been a leading light in the notorious United Nations gang, was shot dead as he headed for a flight at the domestic departure terminal.
A witness told Canadian Global News he saw two men dressed in black fire more than a dozen shots at Grewal, who is believed to have been trying to flee the gang war by getting on a plane to another part of Canada.
The gunmen got away but passengers, who initially feared it was a terrorist attack, were left traumatised.
The Vancouver Sun’s veteran crime correspondent Kim Bolan wrote that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Surrey, a city just south of Vancouver, had warned people six years ago to steer clear of Grewal after he refused to co-operate with police after being subjected to another assassination attempt.
Grewal, 28, had been a close friend of Jimi Sandhu, a gangster who was deported to India in 2016 for “serious criminality”.