Police identify murder victim of shooting in Maple Ridge, BC

Homicide investigators have released the name of a man who died Friday of gunshot wounds in an attack in Maple Ridge, BC.

The shooting victim was identified as Cory William Thomas, 33.

He was shot at around 11:40 a.m. at a residence on the 11900 block of 216 Street

Police suspect the shooting was targeted and related to the local drug trade.

Police are investigating after a 33-year-old man died of gunshot wounds, following a shooting on the 11900 block on 216th Street in Maple Ridge, BC on Friday. (Shane MacKichan)

But the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said it does not believe the murder was linked to the ongoing and increasingly deadly gang conflict in Lower Mainland.

IHIT has released Thomas’s identity in hopes that members of the public will come forward to help identify “witnesses and associates” he had, or his activities before the incident.

“Homicide detectives continue to search for witnesses and video footage” from the area at the time, IHIT said in a statement.

The team said officers completed their investigation of the crime scene along with members of the BC Coroners Service, Ridge Meadows RCMP and the RCMP’s Integrated Forensic Identification Section.

“We can confirm that this is an isolated incident,” said IHIT Sgt. David Lee in a statement.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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