The housing market in the United States is scary enough. But just look at this terrifying incident involving a real estate agent in Canada.
Last week, the Vancouver Sun reported the following:
A realtor living in Chilliwack has been identified as the victim of what police say was a targeted shooting Wednesday evening.
Michael Bradley Gordon, 33, was fatally shot in front of the Teskey Market on Promontory Road in Chilliwack at about 8:30 p.m.
"It was not a random shooting," Chilliwack RCMP spokeswoman Const. Lea-Anne Dunlop said.
"Everything is pointing to the fact that this was a targeted shooting."
Soon, however, details emerged that the gunned-down broker was tied to the United Nations gang, a violent, multiethnic criminal ring based in British Columbia.
From the Vancouver Sun:
The Vancouver Sun revealed that Gordon had bought and sold several properties for Clay Roueche and other members of the notorious UN gang.
Corporate records show Gordon incorporated Best Bet Realty on Aug. 14, 2007 with one business partner who pulled out earlier this year. Gordon is now listed as the sole director of both Best Bet Realty and a spinoff franchising company called Best Bet Realty Systems, founded last April.
Real-estate listing information obtained by The Sun shows Gordon acted as realtor for the sale of the Roueche family home in Chilliwack in August 2007.
An agent from Best Bet, Mark LaGrange, was listed as the "owner selling sales rep" on the condo Clay Roueche purchased in Coquitlam in June 2007.
LaGrange refused to comment before hanging up on a Sun reporter.
Doug Vanalstine, another UN gang member charged in the U.S. along with Roueche, currently has his Mission acreage for sale with Best Bet for $898,900, according to property records.
Still, the father of alleged gang leader Roueche says there is no reason to believe that the agent was killed because of his connections to the gang. "It could have been a jealous husband. It could have been anything. He was a good-looking guy," he told the Vancouver Sun.