Seven years ago, Surrey resident Sameh Ali Mohammed was identified by police as one of several young men involved in a series of shootings who refused to cooperate even when wounded themselves.
On Monday, the 28-year-old Brothers Keeper gangster was shot to death at about 5:30 a.m. as he sat in a car in a driveway in Brampton, Ont.
In the intervening years, Mohammed faced a number of firearms charges that were dropped last May. And he watched his younger brother Naseem “Little Man” Mohammed — also in the Brothers Keepers gang — go to prison in Washington State.
Dan McLaughlin, who speaks for the B.C. Prosecution Service, said Tuesday that the seven firearms counts laid against Sameh Mohammed in April 2021 were stayed “after Crown Counsel with conduct of the file received further information about the case.”
“After reviewing this information and the rest of the available evidence the Crown concluded the charge assessment standard was no longer met. Accordingly a stay of proceedings was directed,” he said.
The elder Mohammed moved to Ontario last month for security reasons, sources said Tuesday, after some of his gangland enemies figured out where his rented Richmond condo was located.
He ran into a number of Lower Mainland gangsters over the weekend when he attended the Rolling Loud concert at Toronto’s Ontario Place, one source said.
“Sameh had a ton of enemies dating back to his childhood days,” the source said.
Peel Regional Police said the shooting was targeted and that they are looking for a suspect. They said the victim was found inside the vehicle near Veterans Drive and Wanless Drive — an area of newer condos on the outskirts of the city.
Some speculated the murder may have been retaliation for the slaying in Oakville on Aug. 19 of Edmonton gangster Arman Dhillon, 27, who had links to the rival United Nations gang. When Dhillon was killed, B.C. Brothers Keepers put up celebratory posts on their Instagram accounts.
Dhillon was shot at, but uninjured, while visiting the Lower Mainland in 2019. At the time, he was with UN gangster Karman Grewal, who was later shot to death at Vancouver Airport in May 2021. The suspects in Grewal’s murder are Brothers Keepers gangsters.
Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said Tuesday that Sameh Mohammed “is an individual with a well-documented history of being involved in the local gang landscape.”
“It is not uncommon for individuals involved in gang activity to be either perpetrators or even victims of extreme acts of violence. These individuals often flee to other provinces or even internationally, attempting to escape violent threats, fearing for their safety,” she said. “Unfortunately, as we have seen far too many times, they cannot hide from their past, resulting in tragic consequences.”
Mohammed’s brother Naseem was a much higher-profile member of the Brothers Keepers when he snuck across the U.S. border and into Montana in January 2021 while facing charges in Ontario and B.C.
U.S. court documents filed in his case said “Canadian authorities have advised that (Naseem) Mohammed is the primary suspect in multiple gang-related homicides spanning two provinces.”
The rapper gangster was arrested in Seattle last November after pulling a gun on two men in a hookah lounge and threatening to shoot them if they didn’t give him their jewelry.
Last April, he was sentenced to 41 months in jail after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery. At the time, he was using the alias Mobert Ahmed and even signed his plea deal using his fake name.
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