RCMP are investigating a shooting that occurred Sunday evening at a residence in Williams Lake which left one person injured.
“The investigation is ongoing and police feel that this is a targeted offence,” North District RCMP media relations Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said in a press release. “There is no fear for the safety of the general public.”
According to police, medical staff at Cariboo Memorial Hospital notified the Williams Lake RCMP Sunday evening that a male was being treated for a suspected gunshot wound to the elbow.
In the initial investigation that followed, police said they learned the victim was at a residence when an unknown male came to the door looking for another man. When the unknown male was told that the person he was looking for was not at the residence, he did not did not believe what the victim had told him, Saunderson stated.
The victim told the suspect to check the residence for himself and it was then that the victim was shot in the elbow.
The victim, who was taken to the hospital by people who were in the house at the time of the shooting, required surgery for his injury and is expected to recover, said police.
The suspect in the shooting is described as male, 40 years old, six feet tall, weighing 160 pounds.
The other people who were in the residence at the time of the shooting have been interviewed by the police.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the RCMP at 250 392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
“Under no circumstances should anyone try to apprehend this individual,” police said.
On Monday, RCMP were still investigating a house on Edwards Drive where it is believed the incident took place, while calls for action mounted from neighbouring homeowners.
“We have children and grandkids and don’t want these people in our neighbourhood,” said one resident, who did not want to be identified due to safety concerns.
Several residents in the area contacted the Tribune Monday regarding the latest police presence on Edwards Drive. The residents said they have had enough of the troubles plaguing their streets in recent months and are working together to inform police and CrimeStoppers to stop it.
“We have tons and tons of information,” another resident said, who added neighbours are also trying to hold landlords accountable.