Murder charges in Whistler shooting; long-standing conflict between gangs involved, police say

Whistler, BC-

Police say two people have been charged after a shooting erupted in a British Columbia resort community over the weekend, resulting in two deaths.

RCMP members said on Monday that two people have been charged with first-degree murder, who were already known to police.

Two men were killed in the shooting outside a hotel in Whistler, in an area popular with tourists and families.

Officers said the shooting involved gangs that have a longstanding conflict in the area. They are working to mitigate retaliation.

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The Integrated Homicide Investigation team identified the victims of a brazen shooting in Whistler, BC

Two men were shot outside a hotel in the bustling town in broad daylight on Sunday.

HIT has confirmed that it was a targeted shooting and is related to the ongoing gang conflict in the Lower Mainland.

Video posted on social media shows two bodies on the ground outside the Sundial Hotel, one surrounded by blood.

One died at the scene, the other succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Investigators identified the victims as Satindera Gill and Meninder Dhaliwal.

Both were known to the police, however Dhaliwal was a high-profile gangster.

He was one of 11 men the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, the RCMP’s anti-gang squad, warned the public to stay away from in May 2021.

“They represent a serious threat to their security. We ask the public to become familiar with these photos and if you see them, please contact law enforcement,” said Sgt. Brenda Winpenny at the time.

Harb’s younger brother, 29, was also shot and killed in a targeted attack in Coal Harbor last year.

His brother Barinder was caught on camera screaming as police restrained him from the crime scene.

Meninder’s death came just 15 months later, shortly after noon on Sunday.

One died at the scene, the other succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

A burning vehicle believed to be related to the shooting was found a five-minute drive away on Ptarmigan Place.

RCMP says two people were later arrested.

“As a result of officers’ aggressive response and quick evidence gathering, the Sea-to-Sky RCMP was able to locate and apprehend multiple individuals,” said Sgt. Timothy Pierotti of the IHIT.

The shooting happened just steps from the Whistler Village Gondola.

Greg Janz was able to see one of the bodies under a yellow tarp from his hotel room across the street.

“Six or seven shots. I’m thinking where are those bullets flying? There are families walking,” Janz said.

People in the village were told to shelter in place while police responded.

“Although this was a brazen daytime shooting in a busy village, no further risk to the public is believed to be present, thanks to the quick response by members of the Sea-to-Sky RCMP,” Pierotti said.

Anyone who was in the area of ​​Sundial Crescent or Blueberry Drive, where the burning vehicle was located, between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm with dash cam video, should contact IHIT immediately.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected].

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