Two arrested in mistaken ID slaying
Randy Naicker, who police say was the intended victim in a 2009 shooting that took Rajinder Soomel's life, was fatally shot in Port Moody in 2012. (Shane MacKichan, for 24 hours)
Vancouver police have arrested two men in a mistaken identity slaying that occured in 2009.
Rajinder Singh Soomel was shot and killed in September that year and was found by police laying dead in the middle of Cambie Street near 19th Avenue.
Police Insp. Laurence Rankin said on Monday Soomel was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when gunmen came seeking Randy Naicker of the Independent Soldiers gang.
Colin Victor Stewart, 32, and Kevin James Jones, 35, have both been charged with first-degree murder and currently remain behind bars.
Naicker was staying at the same halfway house as Soomel at the time of the 2009 shooting, Rankin said.
“As you know Mr. Naicker would later be murdered on June 25, 2012 in Port Moody,” he said.
“That homicide remains under investigation by the Vancouver Police Department.”
Soomel, when he was shot, had been in the midst of serving a three-year sentence for an attempted murder charge, according to court documents.