1st degree murder charge laid in fatal 2021 shooting in Nanaimo

1st degree murder charge laid in fatal 2021 shooting in Nanaimo
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File photo of the vehicle a man was found deceased inside in May 2021 following a shooting.

A man has been charged with first-degree murder connected to a fatal shooting in Nanaimo in May 2021.

Ronald Joseph Campbell, 42, has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of Yasin Khan in Nanaimo in 2021. He remains in custody.

The shooting took place around 3:30 p.m. on May 20, 2021, in the Wendy’s parking lot in Rock City Plaza.

“This shooting was carried out in a public place and in broad daylight,” said Insp. Andrew Burton, Acting Officer in Charge of the Nanaimo RCMP. “It takes time to gather the necessary evidence to support a charge of murder.”

Shortly after the shooting, police said one man was found deceased inside a parked vehicle.

Days after the shooting, police said it was suspected to be associated with gang activity on the Lower Mainland.

“We believe this event has a nexus to the ongoing gang conflict and violence currently plaguing a number of Lower Mainland communities,” Acting Insp. Donovan Tait of the Nanaimo RCMP, said in a press release issued May 22, 2021.

Vancouver Sun crime reporter Kim Bolan, who has covered gangs on the Lower Mainland for decades, told CHEK News on May 23, 2021 that her sources said Khan was associated with a gang.

“He was aligned at the time of his death with the Kang Red Scorpion group. He was very close to Gary Kang who was shot to death in January in South Surrey inside his parent’s home. Prior to that he also had ties to some people who went on to form the Brothers Keepers gang,” said Bolan in 2021.

With files from CHEK’s Skye Ryan

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