Two injured people were transported to hospital this morning after emergency crews were called to a shooting in Nanaimo’s south end.
First responders were called to the 200 block of Needham Street a little after 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28.
According to an RCMP press release, police arrived quickly and found several people inside a residence. Two were suffering from serious injuries – one man had been shot and a second man appeared to have been injured in an assault. Other people in the house were suffering from the effects of being bear-sprayed.
“The Nanaimo RCMP strongly suspect that the suspects and the victims are known to each other and there is no threat to the public at this time,” said Sgt. Chris Manseau, B.C. RCMP spokesman, in a press release. “Investigators are currently conducting statements and speaking with neighbours, canvassing for eyewitnesses and possible video surveillance.”
The Nanaimo RCMP serious crimes unit is conducting the investigation. The investigation is still in early stages, but initial indications are that the shooting was targeted, the release noted.
Anyone with information about this incident, or who was in the area and has dash cam footage, is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.