A large-scale investigation is underway in Courtenay after gunshots were reported in the same neighbourhood two days in a row.
On early Sunday and Monday morning, multiple witnesses reported hearing gunshots near Cumberland Road and 10th Street.
In the first instance, at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunday June 9th, Comox Valley RCMP were called to Piercy Avenue and Tull Avenue for reports of numerous gunshots in the area.
Many officers were deployed the scene immediately but were unable to locate any suspects. However, investigators did find multiple bullet holes, including rounds that destroyed the rear window of a parked vehicle and damaged two buildings in the 900-block of Cumberland Road.
According to police, no victims from the incident have come forward and no evidence at the scene suggests that anyone was injured.
Investigators added that they do not believe that the incident is random.
“We are actively investigating and would like to speak with any witnesses who saw or heard
anything suspicious in the hours leading up to what happened” said Staff Sergeant Glen
Breckon, Comox Valley RCMP Major Crime Unit in a statement.
The gunfire did not end there, however.
Just over 24 hours later, on the morning of Monday June 10th, the Comox Valley RCMP were called to the 1100-block of 10th street after receiving another round of 911 reports of shots being fired.
This time, police K9 units accompanied frontline officers as they rushed to the scene. Meanwhile, multiple schools in the area were placed under lockdown until officers ensured the neighbourhood was safe.
Once again, no suspects were located at the scene and no victims have come forward to police.
Investigators do not believe the two incidents are random and are asking for any witnesses to come forward and speak with them.
“It is especially important for witnesses to come forward and speak with police” said Cst. Monika Terragni, Comox Valley RCMP. “A small piece of information could be a big piece of the puzzle we are putting together.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 and refer to file 2019-8583. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).