Charges laid in Surrey Christmas Day shooting case
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jul. 06 2012, 7:55 PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Jul. 06 2012, 8:35 PM EDT
A 22-year-old Surrey man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a convenience store employee on Christmas day.
William Andrew Whiteside made a first appearance on Friday. He remains in custody awaiting his next court date.
Mr. Whiteside is accused of shooting Alok Gupta, a 27-year-old student visitor from India, in what police believe was a robbery turned deadly. Mr. Gupta was working at the store, located in the 11000-block of 96 Avenue in Surrey, as a favour to the owners, who wished to celebrate Christmas together. Mr. Gupta was a marketing and management student at Kwantlen University College.
Mr. Whiteside is known to police, having accrued a number of other charges over the past few years, according to court records. They include assault with a weapon, assault with a weapon or causing harm and theft.
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