New West cops confirm shooting target not from New West

A man reportedly targeted in two recent shootings – one in Surrey and one in Burnaby – does not live in New Westminster, despite an RCMP statement to the contrary.

Last Wednesday, Surrey RCMP tweeted out a warning to the public to steer clear of 35-year-old Thomas Gabriel Saul of New West. The only issue, however, is that, according to the New West Police Department, Saul doesn't live in New West.

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"We can confirm that he is not a resident of New Westminster and Surrey RCMP have not been able to confirm what municipality Thomas Gabriel Saul is a resident of," said communications co-ordinator Hailey Finnigan in an email.

Saul was reportedly the target in two shootings – a South Burnaby shooting that resulted in no injuries on Aug. 21 and a shooting in Surrey's Fraser Heights neighbourhood last Tuesday (Sept. 3).

Saul and one other individual were hospitalized in the late-afternoon shooting in Surrey last week with non-life-threatening injuries.

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