CHRISTOPHER Jai Reddy, 24, of Vancouver, who was shot dead on June 24 (Friday) in the 13100 block of 111 Avenue in North Surrey, was well to police in the Lower Mainland and RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen said the killing appeared to be targeted and gang related.
Surrey RCMP responded to a 911 call regarding multiple shots fired and found Reddy laying on the roadside suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The officers immediately began giving CPR but when the ambulance service personnel arrived, he was declared dead.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took conduct of the
investigation in partnership with Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Section, the
Lower Mainland District Forensic Identification and Police Dog Service
and Lower Mainland District Traffic Services Air 1.
Investigators combed the area throughout the weekend and said that there was no indication that any homes or other vehicles were impacted by this shooting. No innocent bystanders were injured.
Reddy was found guilty of carrying two loaded handguns, a Beretta .380 pistol and a Colt .45. But the Court of Appeal overturned the conviction because it ruled that police had violated his rights when they searched him after they received reports about two suspicious men in a vehicle in Vancouver who could be selling drugs.
He was charged in 2006 in a home invasion in Chilliwack where there was supposed to be a marijuana grow operation. He pleaded guilty to break-and-enter, robbery with a firearm, unlawful confinement, wearing a disguise to commit a crime, and assault. But he did not plead guilty to the other charges.
He was released on bail last year because of delays in the trial on the condition that he live with his mother in Surrey until his next court date.
Last year, on October 29, near the vicinity of Mill Ross Avenue in Vancouver, Reddy was arrested with Derek James Stephen, 27, and a firearm was seized from the pair at that time. They were facing firearms-related charges. (See Asian Journal of December 10, 2010, at www.AsianJournal.ca in the Archives section.)
Anyone with information regarding this homicide who has not spoken to an investigator is asked to call the IHIT Tip Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448).