it was a targeted shooting related to an ongoing gang conflict.
Punjabi-origin gangster Amarpreet Samra was shot dead as he left a wedding reception in South Vancouver, Canada.
The incident happened in the early hours of May 28, 2023.
The 28-year-old was among 11 criminals who could pose a threat to public safety.
Nicknamed Chucky, Samra was on the dancefloor at Fraserview Banquet Hall with other wedding guests.
He and his older brother Ravinder had been invited to the wedding. Both were associated with the United Nations (UN) gang, a notorious group that originated in the Vancouver area.
At around 1:30 am, he left the venue when he was shot dead by unknown assailants.
According to reports, it was a targeted shooting related to an ongoing gang conflict.
A few guests said that after the shooting, a few unidentified men walked back into the venue and ordered the DJ to stop the music. At the time, around 60 guests were present.
The police statement read: “Multiple 9-1-1 callers reported one man had been shot outside a South Vancouver banquet hall near Fraser Street and South East Marine Drive at 1:30 am.
“Patrol officers performed CPR on the victim until paramedics arrived, but he died from his injuries.”
The investigation into Samra’s death is ongoing.
Samra was born in Punjab.
He and his brother were involved in a decade-long rivalry with other gangs, including BK, Wolfpack Alliance and Red Scorpion.
In 2022, Canadian police issued a rare warning about 11 men, including Samra, linked to extreme levels of gang violence.
Officers urged members of the public not to approach them.
Of the 11 men mentioned, seven were originally from Punjab.
Samra was allegedly involved in a slew of killings and shootings in Canada. He was also involved in drug trafficking.
In 2015, Ravinder Samra had a narrow escape on two different occasions after his rivals attempted to kill him. However, he refused to cooperate with police.
In July 2022, Meninder Dhaliwal was assassinated in broad daylight at the ski resort town of Whistler, British Columbia.
He was a member of the BK gang and was featured on the Public Safety warning.
His friend Satindera Gill, who apparently has no crime affiliation, was also killed.
Dhaliwal died at the scene while Gill was rushed to hospital. However, he succumbed to his gunshot wounds.
The community around Whistler Mountain was temporarily locked down.
Police said the double murder was part of a gang conflict between BK and the UN gang.