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Man dies in targeted shooting, Homicide Team investigates

Port Coquitlam: The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has identified the victim of a shooting on June 30 in Port Coquitlam and is seeking public assistance.

Background: On June 30, 2022, at around 1:00 a.m., the Coquitlam RCMP responded to reports of a shooting at the 2700-block of Davies Avenue in Port Coquitlam. First Responders arrived and found the victim deceased at scene. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called to investigate.

To further identify witnesses and associates, the name of the victim is being released. The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Mehdi Damien Eslahian. Mehdi Eslahian was from Port Coquitlam and was known to police. At this stage in the investigation, Homicide detectives are able to confirm that the shooting was targeted, but not related to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict

IHIT is working in partnership with the Coquitlam RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), and the BC Coroners Service. A timeline of Mr. Eslahian’s movements is being constructed. IHIT investigators are looking to speak to Mr. Eslahian’s associates to determine is activities.

IHIT is also seeking dashcam footage or CCTV around the area of the 2000-block of Davies Avenue as well as at Hastings Street and Lougheed Highway between 10 p.m. on June 29 and 2 a.m. on June 30.

This was an area of low traffic and activity, said Sergeant David Lee of IHIT, if anyone was travelling in this area and has dashcam footage, we ask that they contact IHIT.

Anyone with information is being asked to call IHIT on the Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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