A man shot dead outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple in Surrey, British Columbia

Police are investigating a fatal shooting outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia, east of Vancouver on Sunday evening.

Surrey RCMP released a statement confirming their officers were on the scene at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara on 120th Street.

Police have not confirmed the identity of the victim, who they say was an adult male found inside a vehicle with gunshot wounds. The homicide happened in the parking lot of the gurdwara, according to a Surrey RCMP statement at 10pm on Sunday.

At 10:30 p.m. there was a heavy police presence with more than 100 people gathered near the temple. The police had blocked both entrances.

Onlookers gather near the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara after a fatal shooting Sunday night. (Sohrab Sandhu/CBC)

Police said they were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. after a “report of a shooting in a temple parking lot”.

Police provided first aid, but the man died of his injuries at the scene.

The area’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) will be working with Surrey RCMP to investigate the murder and are ‘currently in the evidence collection phase’, speaking to witnesses and seeking any video or other evidence.

A Sikh temple is seen with a parking lot, pedestrians, posters of men on the walls and a yellow flag.
Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib on 120th Street in Surrey is seen in this image from 2019. (Google Maps Street View)

“At this early stage of the investigation, the possible motives for the shooting are not yet known,” Surrey RCMP said in the statement. “Police are still working to determine possible suspect descriptions of several witnesses who were in the area.”

The force said it was “aware of social media posts that speculate on the identity of the victim” but would not confirm his identity.

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