Dawson Creek RCMP respond to 3 separate reports of shots fired in a 14 hour period
DAWSON CREEK -- RCMP have responded to three separate instances of shots fired in Dawson Creek in the span of 14 hours.
Police say around 6:30pm on Tuesday, shots were fired in the area of 99th Avenue and 3rd Street. Police cordoned off the intersection with police tape for 2 hours before clearing the scene.
Neighbours tell CJDC TV News they heard a loud noises and then police arrived at the scene. Another neighbour said there was glass on the road near a vehicle. No other details are known at this time.
Then around 6:30am on Wednesday, more shots were fired near the intersection of Highway 97 and 20th Street.
Two hours later around 8:30am, a third report of shots being fired were reported on 3rd Street.
Dawson Creek RCMP said they believe all 3 instances are related. No injuries have been reported.
Police have one female in custody but so far no charges have been laid.
Dawson Creek RCMP are asking anyone with dash cam footage or house security footage to contact investigators at the detachment.
The Dawson Creek RCMP say they have seen an increase in reports of shots fired throughout the city over the last several weeks, putting the safety of the community at risk.
"The RCMP are working diligently to identify those responsible for this increased public risk in order to hold those individuals accountable. Over the next several days the public will see an increase police presence in the city," said Cpl. Madonna Saunderson,
Mounties are calling in support unit from other parts of British Columbia to help assist.
Police are using a what they call a three-tiered approach of prevention, intervention and suppression, the CFSEU-BC’s Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) is in Dawson Creek area to assist investigators in gathering intelligence and other enforcement action.
Saunderson said, "While these offences are often targeted, innocent citizens have been affected by the blatant disregard for public safety. Investigations to date have established that these appear to be targeted acts, and this type of violence is typically related to drug and gang activities or specific personal disputes."
RCMP encourage all community members to report suspicious activity immediately
The Dawson Creek RCMP and North District Senior Leadership are engaged in the protection of the community as public safety is our number one priority said Assistant District Officer Insp Steve McLeod.
Investigations into these incidents are ongoing, and police encourage anyone with information to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at (250) 784-3700, 9-1-1, or Crime Stoppers 1 800 222-8477.