Joe Bruno on the Mob – Duhre Brother Killed
It looks like it might become an all-out gang war in Vancouver, and it’s the restaurant and retail businesses that may be hit next.
Sandip (Dip) Singh Duhre, one of the three dangerous Duhre brothers, was shot to death in a hail of bullets in a crowded restaurant in the north tower of the Sheraton Wall Centre on Burrard Street. Duhre, along with his brothers Balraj, 38, and Paul, 35, headed the powerful Duhre Group, which is estimated by the Vancouver police to have anywhere from 50-100 members. The Duhres are also suspected of involvement in the Kelowna casino shooting that killed Abbotsford’s Jonathan Bacon and wounded full-patch Hells Angel Larry Amero and James Riach of the Independent Soldiers gang.
The Duhre Group is alligned with the Dhak gang, whose leader, Gurmit Singh Dhak, 32, was shot to death at Metrotown shopping center on October 16, 2010. The Dhaks are now led by 27-year-old Sukh Dhak.
“We have information that leads us to believe that anybody associated with the Duhre or Dhak group is subject to retaliation or to violence from other gangs they’re in conflict with,” said Supt. Tom McCluskie of the Vancouver police.
The brazenness of the killing of Sandip Duhre should send shivers down the spines of Vancouver residents.
Constable Lindsey Houghton said, “These are incidents that put the innocent public at risk for their lives.”
For years, this was how the Chinese gangs in New York City’s Chinatown operated. When they wanted to kill someone, who just happened to be eating peacefully in a restaurant, they came in with guns blazing, and sometimes a poor innocent person got his belly filled with lead by accident. The Italian Mafia, on the other hand, planned out their killings in such a manner that it was extremely rare that an innocent civilian ever got hurt.
Hopefully, the Vancouver gangs will followed the lead of the Mafia, and stop killing people in crowded places. Otherwise, the restaurants in Vancouver may have a surplus of empty seats, and shopping centers will have more employees than customers.
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Gunned down gangster Sandip Duhre dodged murder plot years ago
By MIKE RAPTIS AND CHERYL CHAN, The Province January 19, 2012
Sandip (Dip) Singh Duhre, 36 — killed in a hail of bullets at a downtown restaurant Tuesday — was a notorious gangster marked for death since 2005.
Sandip, along with his brothers Balraj, 38, and Paul, 35, headed the powerful Duhre Group, whose 50 to 100 “street soldiers” have controlled much of the drug trade in the Fraser Valley since the 2010 arrests of rival leaders from the United Nations and Red Scorpions.
The shooting comes less than a week after well known Vancouver gangster Ranjit Singh Cheema was released from a U.S. prison.
He had been sentenced in California to five years in prison for his role in a major drug-smuggling operation.
Cheema was a one-time associate of notorious gangster Bindy Johal before Johal was gunned down in December 1998.
The Duhres are also suspected of involvement in the Kelowna casino shooting that killed Abbotsford’s Jonathan Bacon and wounded full-patch Hells Angel Larry Amero and James Riach of the Independent Soldiers gang. A young woman whose uncle is the president of the Haney Hells Angel chapter was shot in the neck and paralyzed that day.
“We are aware of the connections here and they are part of the investigations,” a police source told The Province Wednesday.
Vancouver police say they are still investigating the city’s first homicide of 2012 and have not yet confirmed the identity of the victim.
Constable Lindsey Houghton said police were called to the restaurant in the north tower of the Sheraton Wall Centre on Burrard Street shortly after 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Multiple shots were fired in the restaurant, which was busy with patrons, Houghton said.
Police have no information on suspects and were interviewing about a dozen witnesses as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Houghton said,
“These are incidents that put the innocent public at risk for their lives,” Houghton said of the brazen shooting, which left a bullet hole and splattered blood on a second-story window of the restaurant.
In September 2011, the Gang Task Force issued a public warning regarding the dangerous Dhak gang and their allies, the Duhres — who were trying to spread across Metro Vancouver after reportedly extending their empire to Smithers in northern B.C. in 2010.
“We have information that leads us to believe that anybody associated with the Duhre or Dhak group is subject to retaliation or to violence from other gangs they’re in conflict with,” said Supt. Tom McCluskie at the time.
The Duhre brothers grew up in North Vancouver and were one-time associates of the late Bindy Johal.
Best-selling author of Indo-Canadian crime novels Ranj Dhaliwal knew of Sandip Duhre in his younger years and said Sandip “understood the level of violence that comes along with the underworld.”
“From what I saw, and a side most will never know about Sandip from his youth, was that he liked to have fun — a joker that liked to pull pranks. He was intelligent … his whole family is,” said Dhaliwal.
In 1997, police swooped in on the Duhres’ Surrey home and arrested all three brothers as well as Johal.
The Duhre group is in alliance with some United Nations members as well as the Dhak gang, whose kingpin, Gurmit Singh Dhak, 32, was shot dead at Metrotown shopping centre on October 16, 2010.
The Dhaks are now led by 27-year-old Sukh Dhak.
Sandip survived multiple attempts on his life before his murder Tuesday.
In May 2005, an attempted hit on Sandip at a Surrey convenience store took the life of his Egyptian-born friend, Dean Mohamed Elshamy.
Sandip would escape another targeted hit three months later in August of 2005 after the black BMW he and his brother Balraj were riding in was shot at in East Vancouver.
The bullets, reportedly from an automatic firearm, bounced off the passenger window of the bulletproof sedan.
Balraj has also been in the crosshairs of rival gang members, surviving a bullet wound to the face in a 2003 Surrey shooting, as well as escaping wounded from a targeted shooting in an East Vancouver Vietnamese restaurant in 2005 — only one month after the BMW he and Sandip were riding in was riddled with bullets.
In 2009, Sandip was the target of a foiled murder-for-hire plot meant to have taken place at his Surrey home.
Police learned of the plot after the hit man turned into an informant and implicated middleman Aleksander Radjenovic — who supplied the firearms and stash-house for three targeted hits that were never carried out.
It was reported that Sandip had been living outside of B.C. in 2009 after the attempted hits, but moved back into Surrey and continued to frequent the Abbotsford area.
Sandip had largely avoided the law, being previously convicted of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats, and obstructing a police officer.
His most recent run-in with police was in Surrey in March 2011 when he was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and fleeing from a police officer.
Dhaliwal said Sandip’s death will likely be avenged.
“When an old-school guy like Sandip gets killed there is no question that there will be retaliation. He knew a lot of people throughout the years” said Dhaliwal.
Duhre brother killed in targeted shooting at Wall Centre restaurant
By Sean Sullivan, The Province January 18, 2012
Well-known gangster Sandip “Dip” Duhre was shot and killed Tuesday night at a busy restaurant in the Sheraton Wall Centre — and where the U.S. women’s soccer team happened to be staying.
News of the brazen public shooting was published in major U.S. outlets including the Washington Post and CBS’ website, fuelled by a tweet by goalie Hope Solo.
“Saved by our instant yoga session. Was about to walk to starbucks when all hell broke loose in the lobby of our hotel! Life is precious …,” tweeted Solo last night.
A spokesman for the U.S. team said no one on the team witnessed the incident.
The team is in town for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, which begins Thursday at B.C. Place.
Vancouver Police are still investigating the shooting, which is the city’s first homicide of 2012.
Police have not yet confirmed the identity of the victim but the Province has learned that he was one of the three Duhre brothers, a gang active in the region’s drug trade.
Const. Lindsey Houghton said police were called to the restaurant in the north tower of the Sheraton Wall Centre on Burrard Street shortly after 8:45 p.m.
Multiple shots were fired in the restaurant, which was busy with patrons, Houghton said.
Police have no information on suspects, he said.
“These are incidents that put the innocent public at risk for their lives,” Houghton said of the brazen shooting, which follows closely on the heels of other, high-profile shootings in downtown Vancouver.
Homicide investigators were busy interviewing about a dozen witnesses as of 11 p.m., Houghton said.
Police were seen setting up exhibit markers near a single bullet hole and what appeared to be a blood splatter.
In September, the Gang Task Force issued a public warning regarding the Duhre and Dhak gangs.
“We have information that leads us to believe that anybody associated with the Duhre or Dhak group is subject to retaliation or to violence from other gangs they’re in conflict with,” Supt. Tom McCluskie, head of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s Gang Task Force, said.
To the families, friends and associates of the two groups, and to the young people who may want to join the gangs, McCluskie had this message:
“You may not be part of this gang. You may just be a hang-around. You may think it’s some sort of social situation for you but, if you’re there, if you’re in their proximity, you’re in danger.”
Vancouver had 15 homicides last year. Three of those were unsolved, including the daylight shooting of Thuy Yen “Jenny” Vu in a BMW SUV outside her home in south Vancouver on Dec. 14.
The city had nine homicides in 2010 and 18 in 2009, when the Lower Mainland was rocked by a wave of gang-related shootings.
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