2 men charged in connection with Surrey gas station murder

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Police say two men have been charged in connection with a fatal shooting at a gas station in Surrey, B.C., a year ago.

Surrey resident Kristijan Coric, 29, was shot in his vehicle on Sept. 28, 2019, while he was at a gas station in the Cloverdale neighbourhood. Police called it a targeted hit.

On Friday, Carlos Nathaniel Monteith, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in Coric’s death and Trion Demario Castello, 32, was charged with accessory after the fact.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says Monteith was already in custody on an unrelated matter.

New Westminster police arrested Monteith in November 2019 in relation to a shooting on Osborne Avenue that led to a women being taken to hospital with injuries.

He was charged with attempted murder with a firearm, discharging a firearm with intent to wound, possessing a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition and possessing a firearm while prohibited.

Sgt. Frank Jang said the arrests wouldn’t have been possible without policing partners in the Lower Mainland, Alberta and Ontario.

“We believe there may be others complicit in Coric’s murder and we will continue to investigate until everyone involved in this crime is held to account,” Jang said in a written statement.

Coric was killed last year on a Saturday at around 6 p.m. at a gas station on the Fraser Highway, near King George Boulevard.

At around 10 p.m., Burnaby RCMP were called to a report of a burning vehicle — which police believe is the same getaway car used earlier — at the intersection of Willingdon Avenue and Kemp Street.

Source: CBC News