Police identify victim of Vancouver-area shooting as gang co-founder

PORT MOODY, B.C. – Police have identified the man gunned down in a brazen daylight shooting outside a coffee shop near Vancouver as the co-founder of one of the gangs linked to the region’s violent drug trade.

Thirty-four-year-old Randynesh (Randy) Raman Naicker was shot late Monday afternoon by masked gunman outside a Starbucks in suburban Port Moody, east of Vancouver.

Vancouver police spokesman Const. Lindsey Houghton notes Naicker is widely known as one of the co-founders of the Independent Soldiers crime gang.

The Independent Soldiers are among the gangs in B.C., along with the Red Scorpions, the UN gang, the Hells Angels and the Dhak-Dhure group, that have been linked to years of shootings throughout the Vancouver area.

The region’s gang violence appears to have been escalating in recent months, with several prominent members of various gangs gunned down, although investigators have been cautious about drawing direct links between individual shootings.

Last month, another shooting in Port Moody outside a recreation centre killed Gurbinder Singh Toor, 35, who was identified as a member of the Dhak-Dhure group.

Toor’s death came several weeks after another well-known gang member, Ranjit Cheema, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Vancouver.

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