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RCMP connect abandoned, burnt out car to murder of Red Scorpions co-founder in Kamloops

Surveillance footage in the area of Hudson's Bay Trail shows two suspects walking in the vicinity of where Konaam Shirzad was shot and killed on Sept. 21.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/RCMP handout
September 28, 2017 - 11:50 AM

KAMLOOPS - Investigators have confirmed the burnt out car found after the shooting of a co-founder of the Red Scorpions gang is connected to his murder.

A red Honda Civic stolen from Surrey was set on fire on Odin Court within minutes of the shooting outside a home on Hudson's Bay Trail that left Konaam Shirzad, 34, dead and a second man injured, according to RCMP.

At a news conference held today, Sept. 28, at the Kamloops RCMP detachment, police produced a surveillance video of the Honda Civic parked on the lower end of Hudson's Bay Trail around 7 p.m. the night of the shooting. In the video, while the Civic remains parked, a dark-coloured SUV drives by heading east.

Police would like to speak the owner of that SUV.

Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the 28-year-old man who was also injured in the shooting has not been cooperative with police.

The video also shows two men dressed in dark clothing walk from the Civic and across an empty lot where Hudson's Bay Trail starts running north to south. During this time a pedestrian is seen walking north on the trail. The men are suspects and investigators would like to speak to that pedestrian.

Shelkie said they are looking for others, especially anyone with dash cameras or home surveillance, to step forward as well.

"In addition to the occupant or occupants of the dark-coloured SUV and the pedestrian, the Kamloops Serious Crime Unit are asking anyone with a dash camera who was in the area of Hudson's Bay Trail, Odin Court, Whiteshield Crescent, Victoria Street West, and all points between to contact them," Shelkie says. "As well, if you have surveillance video of any of these areas or points between, and a police officer has not yet spoken to you, please contact the Kamloops RCMP."

Because the violent shooting is believed to be related to organized crime, Shelkie said police aren't sure at this point what actions led up to this. Police have also added a heightened presence in the West End neighbourhood where the shooting took place.

Anyone with information that hasn't already spoken to police is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Find past stories on Konaam Shirzad's murder here.

Police have now confirmed this stolen red Honda Civic found abandoned and burned out in Upper Sahali about 10 minutes after Shirzad's death is connected to the murder.
Police have now confirmed this stolen red Honda Civic found abandoned and burned out in Upper Sahali about 10 minutes after Shirzad's death is connected to the murder.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/RCMP handout

Surveillance footage shows the two suspects entering the vehicle on Sept. 21.
Surveillance footage shows the two suspects entering the vehicle on Sept. 21.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/RCMP handout

About 10 minutes after the shooting, a car was found on fire on Whiteshield Crescent and Odin Court on Sept. 21, 2017. Police confirm it is connected to the homicide.
About 10 minutes after the shooting, a car was found on fire on Whiteshield Crescent and Odin Court on Sept. 21, 2017. Police confirm it is connected to the homicide.

– This story was updated at 2:19 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 to include more information from Kamloops RCMP and RCMP surveillance footage.


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