Youth charged after shots ring out

A 16-year-old boy is facing multiple charges after RCMP seized a rifle and a shotgun from the youth near Evergreen Road in Campbell River

A 16-year-old boy is facing multiple charges after RCMP seized a rifle and a shotgun from the youth near Evergreen Road.

Residents complained of shots being fired in the west end of Evergreen near Franzen Road and Forest Grove Place at 2:29 a.m. on Sept. 8.

Cpl. Poppy Hallam, spokesperson for Campbell River RCMP, said this was not an isolated incident.

“This was not the first complaint of shots heard in this area and one caller felt the sound was coming from an area close to houses,” Hallam said. “An RCMP police service dog, along with all available resources, responded and tracked a suspect from the Forest Grove Place area into a wooded area behind a residential neighbourhood.”

The 16-year-old male was taken into custody without incident a short time later. Police seized a rifle, shotgun, ammunition, and a ballistic vest from the teen.

The youth, who cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, appeared before a Judicial Justice of the Peace and was released on several conditions including not to possess firearms and to abide by a curfew.

The youth has been charged with careless use of a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

No one was hurt in this incident and the investigation remains open and active.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Campbell River RCMP Detachment at (250) 286-6221 or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).