A special unit of the BC Gang Enforcement Team is assisting Comox Valley RCMP in their investigation of two rounds of shots fired within 48 hours in the same neighbourhood.
Courtenay residents were shocked to hear gunfire blasts ring out on June 9th and 10th in the same area of Cumberland Road and 10th Street.
Both times, RCMP attended the scene and observed multiple bullet holes in surrounding buildings and vehicles, but no victims or suspects were found.
At the time of the incident, investigators stated that they did not believe the two shootings are random, and were seeking witnesses to come forward.
In a statement on Thursday morning, Comox Valley RCMP announced that members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia’s (CFSEU-BC’s) Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) had been deployed in the area this week.
“One of the Integral components of the overall CFSEU-BC enforcement strategy are the
Uniform Gang Enforcement Teams (UGET),” says Sergeant Brenda Winpenny, CFSEU-BC Media Relations Officer.
“UGET represents the overt, tactical and specialized uniform presence of CFSEU-BC which will directly interact with individuals involved in organized criminal activity to help our Agency deliver on our mandate. Providing UGET support to Comox Valley is a positive for the community and law enforcement.”
Over the course of four days, UGET team members checked out numerous vehicles and people associated with the street-level drug trade.
So far they have seized drugs, cell phones, a machete, knives, three replica firearms, a smoke grenade and one rifle.
However there is no information on whether or not any suspects have been apprehended in relation with the two shootings on June 9th and 10th.