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Gunfire no cause for panic, mayor says

July 28, 2016 1:23 P.M.
(Jon Manchester/files)


Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund says there is no reason for people to panic following a spate of shots fired incidents in the Greater Vernon area over the past number of months.

The latest shots fired took place at a house on Palfrey Drive West in Coldstream early Saturday morning.

“It's another isolated case that's gonna happen in communities all over. Unfortunately it happened here and the RCMP, they're doing their investigation. They are dealing with the situation as we would expect them to do,” Mund said Thursday.

Members of council met this week with members of the RCMP, including Supt. Jim McNamara – the head of the North Okanagan detachment, but the mayor stressed the meeting was one of approximately three yearly get-togethers with the police.

“You never want to have shots fired (incidents), but you have to look at each case individually and say 'what was the reason for it?'”

“There is no need to panic,” Mund insisted. “It's a concern of everybody at city hall, but like I say, the RCMP, they're on it and I'm happy with that.”

The RCMP's gang squad was called in to help the Vernon detachment in May following three shots-fired incidents in Vernon in less than a month. All were believed to be linked to the drug trade.

A 16-year-old male was arrested and charged after police found a loaded gun in his possession.

The three incidents included:

  • April 14, a family home on Pottery Road was hit by three bullets early in the morning, terrifying the family inside. No one was injured.
  • April 21, police responded to a report of a shots fired incident in the 3400 block of Okanagan Avenue around 5:30 p.m. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
  • May 8, a teenage boy was wounded when shots were fired in the 1500 block of 33rd Street just after midnight. Police said it was believed to have been a targeted incident and the male did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Then on June 26, police responded to a call of shots fired at a home on Scott Road in the Okanagan Landing area. An examination of the scene confirmed the house was struck by bullets, police said. An adult and a child were at home at the time of the incident however no one was hurt.

–with files from Darren Handschuh

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