More rock throwing and BB shots in Campbell River

A vehicle was apparently hit in the windshield by a BB or pellet

The ongoing rock-throwing at cars is bad enough, now someone is taking pot shots at vehicles with a BB gun.

Last week, RCMP reported one incident where a vehicle was apparently hit in the windshield by a BB or pellet, and now there’s a second report. This one occurred Feb. 27, around 1 p.m. A woman was driving south on the Island Highway, near the Anchor Inn, when she heard a loud crack from the passenger side window of her Jeep.

“When she got home, she realized her vehicle had been hit by what appears to be a pellet,” said RCMP Cpl. Poppy Hallam in a news release.  Police are also still receiving reports of kids throwing rocks at vehicles, most of which have occurred on Dogwood Street between 2nd and 9th avenues. The reports have been coming in for a month and so far there have been no arrests. On Saturday, at 2:07 p.m., four young males were seen throwing rocks at cars on Dogwood at 4th Avenue. One male was wearing a black hoodie with a bright green liner and the other had a red and white striped shirt under a dark jacket. The males were described as skinny and 10-12 years old. Two fled behind Carihi School when the driver stopped. Police did question two youths, but the driver confirmed they were not the suspects. An hour earlier Saturday, five males were throwing rocks at cars on Alder Street and 6th Avenue. One male was wearing a black sweater and black toque.

“Two males were stopped a few blocks away and identified, however, there was not enough evidence to link them to the rock throwing,” said Hallam.

A fire truck was even hit by rocks on Friday night. The fire crew was returning to the hall from a call-out at 11:27 p.m., and were passing behind the curling club on Cedar Street, when the truck was hit. The crew was unable to identify a suspect.

Finally, on Feb. 28, at 10:32 a.m., police responded to a call of two males throwing rocks at vehicles at Dogwood and 9th Avenue. The caller said the boys appeared to be around 15 years old and possibly of First Nations descent. One of the suspects was wearing a red, pullover parka and possibly goes by the name “Eric.”

“The descriptions of the males should sound familiar to someone in the community,” said Hallam. “The black hoodie with a bright green liner, or the red pullover type parka are fairly distinct.” Anyone with information should contact the RCMP or, anonymously, Crime Stoppers.