A double homicide is under investigation in Langley, Mounties believing the individuals were targeted.
IHIT was called to the scene to oversee the investigation.
The killings are linked to a crime scene near 232 Street and 64th Avenue, where police taped off a battered red convertible Jeep this morning, Langley RCMP Cpl. Craig Van Herk confirmed Friday morning.
The Jeep’s licence plate was covered with a piece of cardboard and its doors were hanging open.
Van Herk said the initial call about the incident came earlier in the morning, just after 5:30 a.m. with reports of gun shots.
“We’re still in the early stages of the investigation,” he said. But Mounties have confirmed a man and woman are dead.
According to Curtis Kreklau of South Fraser News Services, police arrived in the area and quickly located a suspect vehicle – the Jeep – and arrested a man and a woman in a high-risk takedown.
The vehicle in which the victims were found was located crashed off the road in a heavily wooded area in the 23600 block of 64th Avenue, Kreklau said.
“Upon police attendance, adult male and female victims were located suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite all attempts to revive the individuals, they succumbed to their injuries,” Van Herk said.
A blood trail was observed coming from the victim’s vehicle and a search was conducted for a possible third victim, and a police dog was also searching nearby farmer’s fields, said Kreklau.
While Van Herk couldn’t confirm the deaths are directly linked to the Jeep, he was IHIT will have that area cordoned off “for a significant amount of time.”
“Based on the investigative theory in this initial phase it is believed to be targeted,” he added.
Police are currently in the “evidence gathering phase,” and Van Herk said no further information will be provided at this time.
Meanwhile, IHIT is also investigating another shooting death in Abbotsford last night.
• More details on that case: VIDEO: One man dead following shooting in south Abbotsford
Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.