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IHIT identifies man killed in New Westminster

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS1130) – Homicide investigators have released more information about the victim of the Lower Mainland’s latest murder.

IHIT has finished with the scene and have now confirmed it to be a targeted shooting.

Sam Balani, 32, was gunned down in a basement suite of a home in the 500 block of Colby Street in New Westminster yesterday morning. When police arrived, they found Balani suffering from several gunshot wounds, he was prounced dead at the scene.

By early afternoon, The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in to take over the investigation.

“Investigators have been processing the crime scene overnight and into the day and can say this suspicious death has been confirmed as a targeted homicide,” says Sgt. Jennifer Pound.

Balani was renting the basement suite and the people living upstairs reported hearing four to five gun shots.

No suspects have been picked up.