October 05, 2015 - 11:09 AM
COLDSTREAM - Mounties are investigating a confrontation in Coldstream which allegedly led to gunshots being fired in a front yard.
RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says police were called out to a barn in the 6400-block of Highway 6 in Coldstream about 1:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 for a report of multiple shots fired in a front yard. A number of people contacted police to report the shots, she says.
“The RCMP conducted an initial investigation at the location and determined there was a confrontation in the front yard area which resulted in shots being fired,” Noseworthy says.
A firearm and drugs were seized at the scene — police aren’t releasing the calibre the firearm, or what kind and quantity of drugs were seized — and two men were arrested. The pair was later released without charges pending further investigation.
“This is still a very active investigation and we hope we’ll be able to have some more answers soon,” Noseworthy says.
This is the second incident of shots being fired in the past few weeks. Two groups of people with ties to criminal activity were involved in an alleged shooting incident on Sept. 23, in Vernon. One group got away, and the other has been less than cooperative with investigators.
Noseworthy says they are exploring whether the two cases are related.
On Saturday, two groups of people were at the scene and while Noseworthy won’t say what they were all doing there, she says the large group of witnesses has been cooperative with police.
She says it’s too early to say if the incident is connected to gang activity.
There were no reported gunshot wounds associated with the incident, but Noseworthy says any time guns are involved, there’s a significant threat to public safety.
“Bullets keep going until something stops them,” she says. “Especially in an outdoor situation like this you have the potential for someone being hurt a good distance away.”
Anyone with information can contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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