New charges laid against banquet hall shooting suspect

The man suspected of shooting four people at the Riverside Banquet Hall last month, is now facing an additional five criminal charges.

Surrey's Sukhdeep Singh Sandhu, 26, was originally charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated assault.

He was scheduled to be back in Richmond provincial court on Tuesday to face five new charges in connection with the evening shooting, including unlawfully discharging a firearm, discharging a firearm with intent to wound/disfigure, knowingly possessing a firearm without a licence, possessing a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition, and possessing a firearm with an altered serial number.

Sandhu remains in custody.

Four men were shot, at least one critically, around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the banquet hall, 14500 River Rd., about a half kilometre east of No. 6 Road, at River Road.

A private function was organized by members and non-members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, both as a birthday party, and to celebrate 10 newly-annointed members of the union.

Union president Mark Gordienko said none of the union executive were at the party, and the shooting occurred just as they were wrapping up their meeting in Vancouver.

Sandhu was arrested within five minutes of the shooting by police, who transported witnesses to the RCMP detachment by transit bus.

Police described the scene of the shooting as chaos when somebody walked into the hall filled with about 150 people and began firing shots.

Three of the victims were union members, and all were listed in stable condition the day after the shooting, though one was injured critically

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