Police in Nanaimo, BC, arrested two suspects after a weekend shooting at an “abandoned residence” in the southern part of the city.
Mounties said they responded to reports of shots being fired at the home on Nicol and Needham streets around 1 p.m. Sunday, but no one was found at the home.
“The residence is known to be used by people marginalized and involved in Nanaimo’s drug culture,” a press release from the Nanaimo RCMP read on Tuesday.
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About 20 minutes after officers arrived at the scene, it adds, a man arrived at the local hospital with non-life threatening injuries believed to have been caused by a gunshot. He was treated and released.
RCMP later arrested a man and a woman, both known to police, as they drove south on Nicol Street.
They were released while the investigation continues, police say, but the vehicle was impounded.
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Investigators believe the incident was “targeted” and “isolated”, as the people who have been identified so far appear to know each other.
“However, the use of firearms and the blatant disregard for the safety of people in our community is concerning and can be attributed to the drug culture in Nanaimo and the violence associated with it,” said Const. Gary O’Brien in the statement.
Anyone with more information about the incident should call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and refer to file number 2021-38031.
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