2 suspects charged in Whistler Village shooting that left 2 dead

Police say two men have been charged in connection with a Sunday afternoon shooting in the mountain resort of Whistler, British Columbia, which left two people dead.

Gursimran Sahota, 24, and Tanvir Khakh, 20, both of Surrey, have been charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting at the Sundial Hotel, police said on Monday.

On Sunday, Sea to Sky RCMP said officers were on patrol when a report came in just after midday of gunfire.

Police said they found one man dead and the other in distress. Efforts were made to save the man’s life, but he was later pronounced dead in hospital.

In a statement late Sunday, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) Sgt. Timothy Pierotti identified the victims as Satindera Gill and Meninder Dhaliwal, saying the two were known to police.

“This is believed to be a targeted shooting related to the ongoing conflict between gangs in the Lower Mainland,” he said.

At a Monday news conference, police said five suspects were arrested on Sunday, but only two have been charged. The extent of the other’s involvement is still under consideration.

IHIT took over the investigation, with help from the BC anti-gang agency, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and others.

Burning vehicle associated with gunfire

According to IHIT, investigators worked with the RCMP to locate the suspects’ vehicle along Highway 99 shortly after the shooting and to make arrests.

In an earlier statement, IHIT said a burning vehicle discovered on Blueberry Drive in Whistler, about a five-minute drive from the hotel, was also associated with the shooting.

“This act was outrageous and a shock to visitors and the community of Whistler,” said IHIT Sgt. David Lee.

“These results are due to the information provided in real time and the rapid actions of first responders.”

Homicide investigators worked quickly with Sea-to-Sky RCMP and collected crucial evidence with the assistance of the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), which quickly led to the location and apprehend suspects on the Sea-to-Sky highway.

HIIT says it is still investigating to see if anyone else might have been involved and is asking anyone who was in the area, or any associate of Gill or Dhaliwal, to come forward and contact its tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448).