IHIT identifies victim in Surrey shooting, seeking public assistance

Surrey, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2023-03-23 21:27 PDT

File # 373

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has identified the victim of the Surrey homicide on March 13, 2023 and is seeking information from the public.

On March 13, 2023 at 7:54 pm, the Surrey RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the 2300-block of 167A Street, Surrey, BC. When Surrey officers arrived on scene they found a deceased man in a parked vehicle who died as a result of gun shot wounds.

The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Aren Alexander Smith of Surrey. Mr. Smith is unknown to police and has no known ties to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict. Mr. Smith and his family had recently moved to Surrey.

Investigators learned the suspect left the area in a white Penske Ford Transit van shortly after the shooting.
Penske Van 

IHIT is continuing to work closely with the Surrey RCMP, and is pursuing all potential avenues of investigation to determine a motive.

Aren Smith

We are urging anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage, or who may have witnessed this incident, to please contact IHIT immediately, says Corporal Sukhi Dhesi.

Specifically, investigators are seeking CCTV and dash cam footage from areas in the 2300-block of 168 Street and Highway 10 near 144 Street in Surrey, for a white Penske Ford Transit van on March 13, 2023 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

We are asking anyone with information about this murder to contact IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

No media availability.

Released by:
Corporal Sukhi Dhesi
Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT)


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