A 32-year-old New Westminster man has been identified as the man killed in a Royal City basement suite on Dec. 28.
Sam Balani died Thursday morning after an early-morning incident in the 500-block of Colby Street.
New Westminster police officers responded just after 6:15 a.m. to a disturbance and when they entered the basement suite, they located Balani, who appeared to be suffering from gunshot wounds.
B.C. ambulance service paramedics attended and pronounced Balani dead at the scene.
The RCMP's integrated homicide investigation team has now taken 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," Sgt. Jennifer Pound said in a press release.
Pound said Balani was renting the basement suite where his body was found and his family have been notified of his death.
There have been no arrests and investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact the IHIT tiplines by calling 1-877-551-IHIT(4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip at www.Solvecrime.ca.
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