Homicide investigators say Paul Bennett was not the intended victim of a targeted shooting in Surrey last month.
The 47-year-old nurse and hockey coach was shot on June 23 in the 18200-block of 67A Avenue and died in hospital.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is working with the Surrey RCMP to advance the investigation.
Police are looking to speak with anyone that has information about a newer model four-door Honda Civic captured on video surveillance leaving the area shortly after the shooting.
“Paul Bennett was an innocent victim of homicide and his death has shocked the community. This is a tragic incident and it has left a family and community devastated,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.
Bennett’s family is appealing asking for the public’s help in gathering information that could help solve his murder.
Letter from the family of Paul Bennett
We remember Paul’s life as a husband, father, brother and son as being as normal as any of our lives. He wore his heart on his sleeve and was a presence in the room. He had an easy ability to converse with anyone on any topic. He was a people person and relished to be around others. He volunteered his time freely whether it be to coach the boys in sports or to pick up an unfilled call shift at the hospital. He loved being a nurse, especially working in the operating room. He had found his element. In the midst of chaos there was always opportunity to save a life or improve it. He was a compassionate and caring individual who could be an empathetic listener. He made you feel valued and appreciated. He loved his boys and encouraged them in their sports and supported their dreams. He was Paul, one of those exceptional people not everyone is lucky to meet in their lifetime.
Paul did not have a criminal record and was not involved in criminal activity. We never thought he would die in such a senseless and violent way. There was a complete disregard to public safety as he was murdered in a quiet residential area. We are grieving and traumatized by his loss and praying to understand why this has happened to our family.
At this time, we would like to request anyone who may have information about Paul’s death to please contact the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. We would be eternally grateful if you are able to provide the police with any information. Please bear in mind every piece of information is important.
Paul spent his life helping others, now please help Paul and our family find the closure we need to move forward.
The family of Paul Bennett
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).