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Shooting believed gang-related: RCMP

An RCMP officer releases a vehicle that was caught behind police tape as they investigated a shooting at the Cactus Club restaurant on Kingsway Tuesday afternoon. One victim was transported to hospital. Kingsway, from McKay to Sussex was closed for several hours. - Mario Bartel/NewsLeader
An RCMP officer releases a vehicle that was caught behind police tape as they investigated a shooting at the Cactus Club restaurant on Kingsway Tuesday afternoon. One victim was transported to hospital. Kingsway, from McKay to Sussex was closed for several hours.
— image credit: Mario Bartel/NewsLeader

A shooting inside a Burnaby Cactus Club restaurant Tuesday afternoon is believed to be gang-related, say RCMP.

"We've got investigative reason to believe it's got organized crime and gang connections and overtones to it," said Sgt. Peter Thiessen of the Lower Mainland District RCMP.

The victim, a man in his early 30s, was shot Jan. 7 while sitting with several other males at the tail end of the lunch rush at the restaurant, in the 4600-block of Kingsway across from Metropolis at Metrotown mall.

He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Thiessen said police would not be releasing the victim's name and declined to comment on a media report identifying him as gang associate Nebojsa (Nick) Kljajic.

According to the report, Kljajic is originally from Croatia and has an immigration hearing scheduled next month to determine if he should be deported for his criminal activities.

As for a description of the male suspect, who fled on foot, Thiessen said police have "nothing that we're comfortable going out with yet, for a variety of investigative reasons."

Burnaby RCMP continues to investigation the case with the assistance of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has any information and has not spoken to police is asked to call Burnaby RCMP's Serious Crime Unit at 604-294-7922 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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