FORT ST. JOHN -- The home at the centre of gun violence in a Triangle Park neighbourhood is now subject to a civil forfeiture.

Fort St. John RCMP announcing in a press release today they received confirmation of a civil claim from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and the Civil Forfeiture Office will move ahead with proceedings.

 “This process caps several lengthy and, in some cases, ongoing investigations that have involved multiple front line and Street Enforcement Team of the Fort St. John RCMP and Municipal Bylaws,” said Staff Sergeant Scott Watson.

A civil forfeiture allows police to seize and then keep or sell a property involved in illegal activity.

The residence located on 112th Avenue was plagued by multiple reports of criminal activity last year prompting concern from homeowners in the area, many with young families.

In November of 2023, residents voiced their outrage on social media and during a town hall meeting attended by over 100 people after gun shots targeting the residence were fired at a neighbouring home.

The gunfire forced the family living there to attempt to sell the property out of fear for their safety. Signs also popped up on a fence in a park across from the residence calling for the property to be shut down.

At that time, the City of Fort St. John released a statement saying they are actively looking into the tools available to municipalities, through applicable Provincial Legislation and our Bylaws, to deal with nuisance and dangerous properties.

“We want to assure you that your safety is our top priority,” said the City in a statement following the events. 

The homeowner was identified by CJDC-TV in 2023 as Scott Campbell, who purchased the home in 2018.