Hotel video shows mob on the run after deadly Wall Center shooting

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Before and after the murder CCTV video was released to jurors during the trial of three men accused of the high-profile murder.

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Dozens of people in the lobby of the Sheraton Wall Center were filmed running for the exit and hiding behind furniture after a gunman killed gangster Sandip Duhre on January 17, 2012.

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CCTV video clips from the hotel lobby before and after the murder were released to jurors Thursday during the BC Supreme Court trial of three men charged with the high-profile murder.

The defendants Dean Wiwchar and Rabih Alkhalil, who are charged with first degree murder, and Larry Amero, who is charged with conspiracy to kill, watched the video intently throughout the day on monitors in front of them.

While the shooting itself was not captured by the various cameras in the hotel, the clips showed a gunman entering the hotel lobby just after 8:45 p.m., walking past chairs where the football team Cuban female had gathered and entering the Café One restaurant.

He was dressed in a bright gray and yellow jacket and jeans, his face obscured by a scarf and his head covered.

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Seconds later, as guests and staff fled through the main lobby entrance, the gunman quickly exited the cafe and walked through the hotel doors.

Prosecutor Sheryl Wagner said police obtained footage broadcast over two days this week from CCTV cameras inside and outside the hotel, some of which were parked in a former 7-Eleven on Burrard Street and in an office building at 808 Nelson St.

She released video clips showing police vehicles later linked to suspects driving through the area before the shooting.

In addition to the shooter, two other men whom the Crown had previously identified as “observers” could be seen entering the lobby bar next to the cafe and sitting at the counter. Both wore dark jackets with fur-trimmed hoods.

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Video released Thursday showed the two men rising from their stools and leaving the hotel less than five minutes before the shooting.

Memorial photo given at the funeral of Sandhip Durhe, who was shot dead while dining at a restaurant in the Wall Center on January 17, 2012.
Memorial photo given at the funeral of Sandhip Durhe, who was shot dead while dining at a restaurant in the Wall Center on January 17, 2012. Photo by Jenelle Schneider /Vancouver Sun

Prosecutor Nicole Gregoire said in her opening statement last month that there would be evidence showing that Wiwchar was the shooter and that Alkhalil was one of the spotters – wearing “a distinctive Parajumper jacket with a yellow zipper” .

“You will hear evidence that a surprisingly similar jacket was in Mr. Alkhalil and Mr. Amero’s penthouse in Montreal when it was searched in August 2012,” she told jurors on the first day of the trial. .

She also said police found a phone in Alkhalil’s room with text messages sent at 10:52 p.m. on January 17 and at 5:59 p.m. the next day. The first one said: “Give it up I think” and the second one said: “Chk th van news this week lol we have turned this town upside down.”

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Other video clips released for the jury showed the suspect wearing the gray and yellow coat entered the lower lobby of the hotel about 35 minutes before the shooting, and then exited shortly after.

In the hour before the shooting, the hotel lobby was packed with guests, some walking up and down the escalators, others entering and exiting the restaurant and bar. A mother and her young son came out of the cafe shortly before the murder.

Vancouver Police Forensic Video Analyst Christopher Stoddard compiled the video clips, telling the jury how some of the time stamps on the original footage weren’t entirely accurate.

Stoddard testified that he took photos from the video of the suspects and vehicles that the Crown said were used in the murder.

The trial, which is set to last about six months, continues on Friday.

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