Caught in the crossfire: B.C.’s innocent victims in the drug gang war

Shana Harris-Morris, Paul Bennett, Alfred Wong, Leanne MacFarlane, Jeffrey Taylor, Ed Shellenberg and Christopher Mohan among the innocent victims

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On Tuesday, Delta police reported an off-duty B.C. Corrections officer who was shot to death near a Walmart parking lot in North Delta a year ago was killed in a case of mistaken identity related to B.C.’s ongoing gang war.

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Police said Bikramdeep Randhawa was mistaken for “an individual involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.”

There have been many innocent victims in the drug-related conflict that has dragged on for over 15 years. Here’s a look at some of those cases:


Shana Harris-Morris

The family of murder victim Shana Harris Morris stand behind IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Frank Jang at a press conference in Surrey, BC Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The family are (from left to right) uncle Ryan Morris, sister Paige Harris and mom Kerry Morris.
The family of murder victim Shana Harris Morris stand behind IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Frank Jang at a press conference in Surrey, BC Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The family are (from left to right) uncle Ryan Morris, sister Paige Harris and mom Kerry Morris. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

On Feb. 4, 2021, 22-year-old Shana Harris-Morris was at home in Surrey when shots were fired at the house.

Harris-Morris and a man inside the residence were struck by the bullets. Harris-Morris died, the man was injured.

In April, 2021, police confirmed she was not the intended victim of the shooting.

No charges have been laid.


Jagvir Malhi was the innocent victim of a gang shooting in November 2018.
Jagvir Malhi was the innocent victim of a gang shooting in November 2018. Photo by Facebook /PNG

Jagvir Malhi

A 19-year-old university student with no criminal background, Jagvir Malhi was nonetheless shot and killed in a targeted hit at an Abbotsford intersection near an elementary school on Nov. 18, 2018.

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Integrated Homicide Investigation Team Sgt. Frank Jang noted “there were some individuals in his life that were involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict.”

Homicide investigators released photos of two suspect vehicles a year later in hopes of furthering the case. A month after that appeal, Tyrel Hieu Nguyen Quesnelle was charged with first-degree murder in Malhi’s killing, as well as the shooting of known gangster Randeep Kang.


Paul Bennett

Photo of Paul Bennett.
Photo of Paul Bennett. Photo by Nick Procaylo /PNG

On June 23, 2018, husband, father and hockey coach Paul Bennett died of gunshot wounds in front of his Surrey home.

According to police Bennett, who was an operating-room nurse, was a victim of mistaken identity.

No one has been arrested in this case.


Alfred Wong

Wilfred Wong, brother of shooting victim Alfred Wong, at a press conference with Chief Const. Adam Palmer in Vancouver, Jan. 22, 2018.
Wilfred Wong, brother of shooting victim Alfred Wong, at a press conference with Chief Const. Adam Palmer in Vancouver, Jan. 22, 2018. Photo by Nick Procaylo /PNG

On Jan. 13, 2018, 15-year-old Alfred Wong of Coquitlam was sitting in the back seat of his parent’s car when the vehicle got caught in the crossfire between two rival gang members on an East Vancouver Street.

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Wong died in the car, while another man who was part of the gun battle was killed. One man was charged in the killing.


Ping Shun Ao in a family photo.
Ping Shun Ao in a family photo.

Ping Shun Ao

On Sept. 2, 2015, Abbotsford 74-year-old Ping Shun Ao was hit by a stray bullet and killed in his home, which was next door to the home of a 19-year-old who was linked to the local gang conflict.

Police in the Fraser Valley community had launched a special gang task force specific to the Townline Hill neighbourhood where the shooting took place after 60 incidents in the previous 18 months, including six shootings, a serious stabbing and two murders.

There have been no arrests in Ao’s murder.


Leanne MacFarlane and Jeffrey Taylor

Jeff Taylor and Leanne MacFarlane were murdered in their Cranbrook home in 2010 in a case of mistaken identity.
Jeff Taylor and Leanne MacFarlane were murdered in their Cranbrook home in 2010 in a case of mistaken identity. Photo by Submitted /PNG

On May 29, 2010, Leanne MacFarlane, 43 and Jeffrey Taylor, 42, were shot to death in their rural home in Cranbrook.

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During the trial of two men accused of the slayings, the Crown stated the couple were living in a house once occupied by the target of the killers and were not the intended victims.

The two men were last month found not guilty because it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that they were the killers.


Christopher Mohan and Ed Schellenberg

Ed Schellenberg
Ed Schellenberg Photo by Ian Smith /Vancouver Sun

On Oct. 19, 2007, six people were slain in a Surrey apartment. The target was a small-time drug dealer thought to be trading on the turf of the Red Scorpions gang.

The killers executed that man, but also killed five other people in the suite – including three with gang links, 55-year-old gas fitter Ed Schellenberg, who was working on an appliance in the suite, and 22-year-old student Christopher Mohan, who was passing by the suite at the time.

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Multiple people were ultimately charged and jailed in connection with the grisly slaying.

Chris Mohan
Chris Mohan Photo by wayne leidenfrost /PNG

Family photo of Kirk Holifield with his infant daughter.
Family photo of Kirk Holifield with his infant daughter.

Kirk Holifield

On Jan. 11, 2007, Kirk Holifield was gunned down as he drove through Richmond in a truck identical to the black Dodge Ram pickup owned by a well-known gangster whose condo was blocks away from the crime scene.

Inside the bullet-riddled truck were the 35-year-old’s hockey gear and a car seat for his 10-month old baby girl.

His murderer has never been caught.


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