Suspect Arrested in Central Interior Highway Shootings
Prince George, B.C. – Chilliwack RCMP are holding a suspect in connection with a string of highway shootings in the Central Interior which could have had very serious, if not deadly, results.
As previously reported on 250News, from 8:30 Friday night through to 2:45 Saturday morning North District RCMP received several reports that shots were being fired from a car travelling on Highways 16 and 97 at the radiators and windows of semi-tractor trailers that were being driven when shot at.
Reports of rigs being shot at came from near Houston, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Cluculz Lake, Prince George, Quesnel and 100 Mile House.
There were no reports of any of the occupants of the commercial vehicles being injured.
On Saturday morning at spokesman at Lomak Bulk Carriers in Prince George told 250 News that a number of his company’s trucks were shot at west of the city and that other trucks were being repaired for bullet holes at shops in town.
Police said the suspect vehicle, a blue, 4-door 2009 Dodge Caliber with Ontario license plates, had last been seen in the vicinity of 93 Mile and requested public assistance in determining the vehicle’s location. They also issued a warning that the occupant was to be considered armed and dangerous.
At close to 7pm Saturday North District Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said that as the police investigation continued through Saturday police received information that led them to believe the suspect vehicle was in the lower mainland.
Chilliwack RCMP responded quickly to that information, found the car and arrested a suspect. That person remains in custody and the investigation continues. It is not known whether any weapons were recovered.
Police in the wide area covered by the shooting reports are recommending all commercial truck drivers inspect their rigs and report any suspicious damage to their local RCMP detachment right away.