Police are appealing for public assistance after a man was gunned down in Surrey on the weekend.

On Saturday (Sept. 28) at about 6 p.m., a 29-year-old Surrey man was shot and killed at a gas station in the 18600-block of Fraser Highway.

Surrey:  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into the shooting death of a 29-year-old Surrey resident. 

From the information gathered so far, investigators have determined that a black male ran away from the shooting site and got into a silver sedan driven by a second black male.

Four hours later (about 10 p.m.) a burned out vehicle, believed to be related to the shooting, was found in Burnaby, near Willingdon Avenue and Kemp Street.

Mayor Doug McCallum released a statement Monday saying the province was acting too slowly in allowing Surrey to create it’s own police force.

The lack of progress to date is disappointing and is unfortunately due to bureaucratic red tape,” McCallum said in the release.+ “The community has made it clear to me that there is a sense of urgency and they want meaningful work to get underway immediately to bring Surrey Police to fruition.”

Coun. Jack Hundial said it was “very insensitive” for the mayor to try to “polticize” the death of a Surrey resident.

It’s not appropriate to use a tragedy in the Clayton community to politicize a decision that is really no longer in his control,” Hundial said. “Over in Vancouver, they had three shootings over the course of the weekend, and you don’t see the mayor of Vancouver trying to politicize it.”

Police are asking any witnesses or people with dashcams to call RCMP if they were in the area of 186 Street and Fraser Highway between 5:30 and 6 p.m. or Willingdon Avenue and Kemp Street between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).