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UPDATE: No one injured in Vernon shooting, police confirm

November 04, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Police have now confirmed no one was injured after someone shots several bullets at a home last Friday. 

Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy with the Vernon RCMP said in a release Monday afternoon, they are investigating but no arrests have been made and police are seeking information from the public.

"The actions of these individuals put local residents and innocent bystanders at great risk in the area," said Noseworthy. "We treat every investigation involving firearms extremely seriously and are asking anyone with information to come forward."

Brad Albrecht lives nearby the home. He said it isn’t considered a desirable part of town, but in the three years he has called 24 Avenue, there have been no issues.

That is until the Nov. 1 shooting that put a bullet hole in his truck around 4:30 p.m..

"I was out on my lawn here raking my lawn. All of a sudden I heard, ‘bang, bang, bang, bang,' it sounded like fireworks,” Albrecht said today, Nov. 4.

Albrecht said he went to investigate what happened and witnessed a sports car driving away towards 43 Avenue. His neighbour came out of the house and confirmed his suspicions: the loud noises had been gunshots.

“We went over to the neighbour’s and saw some shell cases on the ground. There were some in the driveway. Immediately, the neighbour called 911. We made sure the traffic was rerouted until the RCMP got here,” Albrecht said. “When I moved my truck because it was parked on the boulevard facing 43 Street, there didn’t appear to be any problems. And then when I moved my truck back to the driveway, on the driver’s rear box side, a big bullet hole.”

Brad Albrecht's truck was damaged in a shooting Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.
Brad Albrecht's truck was damaged in a shooting Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

Albrecht said he imagines the damage will be covered by insurance. Worst case scenario, Albrecht laughed that he will patch it himself with duct tape.

Police remained on scene overnight Friday. Albrecht said the street was cleared Saturday morning.

Noseworthy said the investigation continues and police are following up on leads.

“It is a not desirable neighbourhood,” Albrecht said. “But, generally, it’s pretty good here. We kind of keep a close eye on all the neighbours, who’s doing what, if someone’s away for the weekend sort of thing. We kind of stick to ourselves. It’s just one of those things. It doesn’t matter where you go, it’s going to happen.”

Albrecht said the neighbourhood was quiet over the weekend. Police have not had any reports of injuries, Noseworthy said.

“Nobody got hurt, thank goodness, that’s a blessing in disguise. I think, if my truck wasn’t parked where it was, because they shot through the bush I believe, they would have hit one of the duplexes I believe, if the truck hadn’t stopped the bullet,” Albrecht said. “You can always replace the metal in the vehicle. Life is always more important than material things.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Vernon RCMP or remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nokcrimestoppers.com.

-This story was updated at 1:40 p.m. to include a comment from the RCMP.

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