July 09, 2013 - 5:48 PM
After multiple shots rang out in Rutland early Saturday morning police say there is still no evidence to suggest why a residence on Hein Road was targeted by gunfire.
Police are continuing to investigate what they are calling a "drive-by" shooting. Though no one witnessed any suspects or suspicious vehicles in the area at the time of the shooting around 4 a.m., police say the fact the shooting didn't result from individuals living at, or visiting, the residence is enough to call it a drive-by.
RCMP Const. Steve Holmes says it means someone “came near the property, discharged and made a hasty retreat."
It wasn't until six hours after the shooting the resident called police. The resident initially mistook the sound of the gunshots as firecrackers, Holmes says. Police responded to a report around 10 a.m. once the resident discovered bullet holes in the car parked in the driveway and in the basement window.
"As to whether the public safety in general is an issue... there hasn't been a repeat offence or anything like it anywhere else (since the drive-by shooting occurred)," Holmes says.
Police are still trying to answer two basic questions: who's responsible and why did they do it? By gathering more information from local residents and witnesses they hope to answer those questions.
"We're looking for the public's help," Holmes says.
Even if someone heard something second hand it could open up new avenues in the investigation he says.
As for the notorious reputation of Hein Road, Holmes says police presence in the area is nothing exceptional.
"From a police perspective it is not unlike other areas of town. It's not like that particular street stands out for police attendance" he says, adding police presence is not always tied to criminal acts. They could be dealing with provincial statutes or bylaw issues.
Should residents on Hein Road feel unsafe, police will increase their patrols.
But for now, Holmes says, "nobody's moving out of the neighborhood."
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