Old, unrelated video shared as assassination of Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar

By: Ishita Goel
May 3 2024

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Old, unrelated video shared as assassination of Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar

A screenshot of a social media post claiming that the video shows a shootout of Indian gangster Goldy Brar in California. (Source: X/Modified by Logically Facts)


The Verdict False

The video shows a shooting that reportedly took place in New Orleans in 2023. It is unrelated to recent rumors of the death of gangster Goldy Brar.

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What is the claim?

Amid rumors and posts about the death of Canada-based Indian-origin gangster Goldy Brar on social media, a video showing a person being shot in broad daylight is going viral, with claims that it depicts Brar's murder.

The video features a car stopping in the middle of a residential street. One individual exits the car and fires at a house, while another shoots from inside the vehicle. Additionally, a person on the house's porch returns fire.

Social media users have shared the video, claiming, "The video of the person who killed Goldy Brar has gone viral." Another user stated, "Goldy Brar was shot dead in California by unknown individuals." Archive links to such posts can be found here, here, and here.  

Screenshots of the viral posts on social media. (Source: X/Modified by Logically Facts)

However, the video originates from 2023 and is not related to Brar.

What are the facts?

A reverse image search revealed that WWL-TV, a CBS-affiliated media outlet based in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., shared the viral video in July 2023. The outlet reported, "Shocking video: 2 women injured in shootout in New Orleans 7th Ward." According to the report, the incident took place on Industry Street in New Orleans on July 31, 2023, injuring a 76-year-old woman and a 36-year-old woman.

WDSU, another local news outlet in New Orleans, also posted the video, stating, "New Orleans police investigate after 2 women shot on Industry Street." The police reported that the suspects fled the scene on Industry Street in a black Honda, possibly a CRV model.

The New Orleans Police Department shared screenshots from the video and requested public assistance in locating the vehicle and suspects involved.

Comparison of images by the New Orleans police department and the viral video (Source: Screenshots/ X/ Website/ Modified by Logically Facts)

Rumors and clarifications about Brar’s ‘death’

Brar, also known as Satinderjeet Singh, is a prime suspect in the murder case of famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala. In 2023, he confessed that Bollywood actor Salman Khan was next on his hit list.

Recently, rumors circulated that Brar was shot dead in an incident at Fairmont and Holt Avenue in the United States. With rival gangsters Arsh Dalla and Lakhbir publicly claiming responsibility for Brar's death, social media has been inundated with discussions about the gangster.

However, U.S. police stated on April 2, 2024, that reports of Brar being shot were false. Lieutenant William J Dooley clarified, "If you are inquiring because of the online chatter claiming that the shooting victim is 'Goldy Brar,' we can confirm that this is absolutely not true."

The Fresno Police Department (archived here) released a statement on May 2 about the shooting incident that sparked rumors about Brar’s death. They reported that on April 30, 2024, officers found 37-year-old Xavier Gladney with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The police have identified 33-year-old Darren Williams as a suspect and have issued an arrest warrant for him.

The verdict

The viral video showing a daylight shooting on the streets depicts an incident from July 2023 in New Orleans. It has no connection to Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar or the recent rumors about his alleged death. Therefore, we have marked this claim as false.

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