Man slain in 'brazen' Burnaby shooting identified

Homicide investigators have identified the man killed in a “brazen shooting” at a Burnaby gas station over the weekend.

Julian Johnson, 28, was found by police at the Chevron gas station at 4487 Canada Way at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to an Integrated Homicide Investigation Team press release.

Johnson had sustained gunshot wounds in what police believe was a targeted shooting.

He was taken to hospital but died of his injuries, police said.

A black Nissan Rogue identified as a suspect vehicle at the gas station was last seen heading eastbound on Highway 1, according to IHIT. 

Later in the evening, Langley RCMP got a call for a vehicle fire in the area of 206A Street and 73B Avenue. 

Homicide investigator believe that torched vehicle is the Nissan Rogue from the Burnaby shooting.

An extensive search for video surveillance footage and witnesses is now underway in both Burnaby and Langley, according to IHIT, and investigators are looking for anyone with dash-cam video from the following locations and times:

  • Highway 1 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The area of 206A Street and 73B Avenue in Langley between 9:15 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Johnson was known to police, according to IHIT, and the shooting is believed to be linked to an ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict. 

“This was a brazen shooting in a public place, and we are relieved no one else was hurt,” Sgt. Frank Jang said in the release.  “Significant progress is being made in these early stages.  Our investigators are pursuing several leads and we need everyone with information to contact us so we can maintain the momentum on this fast-moving investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448) or ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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