A gangster murdered in the Lower Mainland this week was one of two men walking alongside one of the founders of a notoriously violent B.C. drug gang when he was gunned down outside his Kamloops home three weeks ago, KTW has learned.
Ibrahim Amjad Ibrahim, 30, was found shot to death in Richmond's Garden City Park early Tuesday morning.
Police have confirmed Ibrahim was with Konaam Shirzad when the 34-year-old was ambushed and shot to death in Kamloops last month.
Another associate who was with Shirzad and Ibrahim suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle and was treated at Royal Inland Hospital.
Shirzad, who owned the Heavy Metal Gym in Kamloops, was one of three founders of the Red Scorpions, the gang behind the 2007 Surrey Six slayings.
Police have identified Ibrahim as a gang associate. He was one of five men identified by Mounties in July as part of a warning to the public. At the time, investigators warned citizens to stay away from the men because they had been targeted in shootings.
Kamloops RCMP continue to investigate Shirzad's murder. He was gunned down outside his Hudson's Bay Trail home in the Guerin Creek subdivision just before 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21.
Investigators have released clips of surveillance video showing two men approaching Shirzad's home and then fleeing about 15 minutes later in a stolen Honda Civic, which was later found burning on a residential cul de sac in Sahali.
Two witnesses told KTW they heard a number of gunshots followed by a man screaming, "No! No! No!" Another neighbour said he was approached by a police officer the morning of the murder and asked about a BMW, believed to belong to Shirzad, parked across the street.
The Red Scorpions gang was founded in the early-2000s by Shirzad, Michael Le and Matthew Johnston.
Le served three years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges for his role in the Surrey Six slayings. The 32-year-old plotted the hit of a rival drug dealer that turned into the deadliest gangland massacre in B.C. history, with two innocent passerbys executed along with four gang members in a highrise condo unit.
Prosecutors dropped a charge of first-degree murder in exchange for Le's plea. Court heard Le and Jamie Bacon plotted the slaying after Cory Lal, a rival drug dealer, refused to pay a $100,000 tax to the Red Scorpions.
Johnston is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder after he was convicted in 2014 for his role in the Surrey Six plot, while Bacon's charges of murder and conspiracy remain before the courts.
Shirzad had a lengthy criminal record himself. In 2005, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after ordering a hit from behind bars. He had also served time for attempted murder and various weapons offences.