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Burnaby hit by second deadly shooting in eight days (UPDATED)

Shots rang out just one block away from site of gang slaying last week. Victim identified as 44-year-old Neal Pratap
The victim of a fatal shooting in Burnaby arrives at Royal Columbian Hospital Thursday night.

Homicide investigators want to speak to anyone who might know who 44-year-old Neal Pratap was going to meet in the South Burnaby neighbourhood where he was gunned down last night.

Pratap has been identified as the man who died after shots rang out in the 6200 block of McKee Street shortly after 10 p.m.

Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokesperson Sgt. Frank Jang said investigators believe Pratap met with someone in the area; there was “an altercation;” and shots were fired that left the 44-year-old mortally wounded.

Pratap had had “police interactions,” according to Jang, but he said it was too early to tell if the shooting was gang related.

“The early indications are that it’s not, but, again, it’s too early to tell,” he said. “We certainly believe this wasn’t a random incident, but it’s too early to tell if it was indeed targeted.”

Police are now asking anyone with information, including security or dashcam video, to call IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448).

Homicide investigators were in the same South Burnaby neighbourhood near Byrne Creek Ravine Park last Wednesday after shots rang out in the 6500 block of Portland Street at about 8 p.m.

Police found 32-year-old Chris Kenworthy shot to death in his vehicle.

Follow Cornelia Naylor on Twitter @CorNaylor

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