RCMP investigate rival gangs after shots fired

Alexis Creek RCMP are investigating two rival gangs after shots were heard at the Anaham Reserve Saturday, Jan. 11.

“The Alexis Creek RCMP were investigating the recovery of a stolen truck when they heard a number of gun shots in the area,” said Const. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Wednesday.

“We believe the shooting involved two rival gangs out of the Alexis Creek area,” Smith said. “No shots were ever fired by the RCMP members and no one was injured.”

Anaham Chief Joe Alphonse said he could confirm there were shots fired and that a high speed chase went through the reserve.

“Are there competing gangs on Anaham Reserve, absolutely, for as long as I’ve been chief. Some of the people involved are under 19 and some are over 19,” Alphonse said.

He’s heard from some people in the community there are no gangs, but said he has seen graffiti and tags from gangs on walls.

Alphonse said the only power community members have is to talk about the issue in a community setting and urge people not to engage in gang activity.

“That’s all we have. We’ve asked for help from the RCMP and we’ve asked the province. I have a meeting with the Minister of Justice in Williams Lake on Monday.”


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