A man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 49-year-old man in a grocery store parking lot in Chilliwack Monday afternoon. Police have charged Gerald Leslie Dolman, 63, in connection with the fatal daytime attack at a Save-On-Foods store on Yale Road.
Witnesses told police that just prior to the attack, Dolman was seen on Yale Road following the victim. Both men were in cars. During the chase, police said it’s believed Dolman struck a cyclist.
The cars then collided in the parking lot, resulting in an altercation, which led to the death of one man. Police who were called to the scene found one man dead and another with a knife.
Witnesses who called police described the attack as a stabbing.
Police say it’s believed the two men knew each other. The victim’s name has not been released.
Sgt. Stephanie Ashton of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said police are looking for witnesses.
“There’s always somebody out there who saw it and thought ‘Oh well, everyone else has seen it. I don’t need to come forward at this point.’ Sometimes people don’t realize that the information they have may be the key to tying up all the loose ends.”
Ashton said she didn’t know what triggered the car chase.
Dolman is scheduled to appear in court May 9.
Meanwhile, the daytime attack in a public space has alarmed some Chilliwack residents.
“This town is going crazy with crime,” said Allan Peterson, a Save-On-Foods security guard who showed CBC News the hard plated vest he wears on the job.
“I’ve had a knife pulled on me.
“Why did I start wearing it? It’s for precaution because I’d actually like to go home to my family.”
Jamie Carew said, “It’s horrible in this town now..Violence, crime, my kids getting their bikes stolen. They see needles on their way to school.”