Mystery remains around dead Langley shooter

Landlord Charity Ciszek recognized shooter, Jordan Daniel Goggin

Jordan Daniel Goggin wore two different outfits during the early morning shootings in Langley | Photo: B.C.IHIT

A Surrey woman described in an Instagram video how she discovered the gunman who went on a deadly rampage in Langley over six hours early Monday was the same, troubled 28-year-old who lived on her property. 

Charity Ciszek said that after receiving the broadcast text message from the RCMP at 6:19 a.m., she had an eerie feeling it was Jordan Daniel Goggin, the tenant of the coach house at her two-storey house near Shannon Park in the East Clayton North neighbourhood.

“Then I thought to myself, oh my god, I wonder if it's him. And then the SWAT team shows up at my house, and then cops show up my house,” Ciszek said.

Goggin was killed in a shootout with police at RioCan Langley Centre near 200th Street and Highway 10, after he was alleged to have killed two people and wounded two others. The Independent Investigations Office is probing Goggin’s interaction with police. 

Ciszek said that Goggin had been recently acting erratically. She had noticed he was “going a little bit crazy” during his last two weeks, “like saying ‘I'm f’d up, I'm f’d up’.” 

“You know, it just breaks my heart because I could feel the pain in him, I could see he was so lost, and I obviously didn't do anything about it,” she said. “And it's really tragic what happened to him, but at least he's at peace now. And the two people that passed away, you know, I send them love as well, and the two people in critical [care], I hope that this changes their life around for the better.”

Ciszek hopes the tragedy is a wakeup call to say hello to neighbours and care for their mental wellbeing.

“I just hope that he's peaceful now in a better place. Because from what I saw, he was really broken and really hurt and very confused.”

Police have not commented on Goggin’s whereabouts prior to the first shooting scene outside Cascades Casino, but Google Maps show that his residence was six kilometres, or a 12-minute drive, from the Cascades Casino. 

Four individuals were shot, two fatally at Creekstone Place and the Langley City bus loop, during the rampage, which began around midnight. No information has been released about the weapon he used. 

On Tuesday afternoon, IHIT said that Goggin, who drove a white, four-door Mazda sedan, was six-foot-one, 68 kilograms with light brown hair and a slight goatee. He wore a black t-shirt and board shorts before changing into brown overalls and a short-sleeve, camouflage t-shirt. IHIT is hoping additional witnesses will come forward and to learn the motive for the rampage. 

Victim services teams from Langley RCMP and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) are hosting a community outreach event Tuesday at Nickomekl Elementary School today. Crisis counsellors will be on-hand. 

Goggin’s name does not appear in the province’s online criminal courts registry. Lee said he was known to police, but vaguely described it as “non-criminal contact.” 

While Goggin had no apparent criminal charges prior to July 25, he was the defendant in a vehicle crash lawsuit scheduled for a five-day B.C. Supreme Court trial in February 2023 in New Westminster. 

A woman claimed in civil court filings that she suffered knee, leg, shoulder and arm injuries and accused Goggin of driving a 2010 Dodge Journey negligently on Sept. 15, 2018. Goggin allegedly crossed over a pedestrian island at an intersection and struck the front of the plaintiff’s vehicle. Goggin, who was represented by an ICBC lawyer, denied the allegations. Goggin’s address listed on the November 2020 lawsuit is at a residence beside Don Christian Park in Cloverdale.

The plaintiff’s lawyer, Paul Formby, said he was on holiday and did not recall the details of the case or anything about Goggin.