PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Three people are in custody and police continue to investigate following a shooting and vehicle chase late Thursday morning…
Police say at approximately 11:37 AM, officers began receiving multiple reports of shots fired on Bellos Street in Prince George. Witnesses reported that occupants in a vehicle pulled up to a specific residence, opened fire towards the residence, and fled seconds after.
Multiple frontline officers were immediately directed towards the scene. While enroute, the suspect vehicle was observed travelling at a high-rate of speed away from the scene. A short chase between police occurred The suspect vehicle collided with a curb and through a fence, before coming to a stop in the front yard of a residence at the corner of 10th Avenue and McBride Crescent.
Three occupants of the vehicle fled on foot. Two suspects were arrested almost immediately after fleeing the vehicle and about five minutes after the original shots fired call to police. The third suspect was not immediately located.
A Police Dog Service team was called in to assist with the search and the suspect was tracked to a hiding spot very close to where the vehicle came to a rest. He was transported to hospital for treatment of minor bite wounds.
Two firearms were seized in close proximity to the vehicle.
Duchess Park Secondary School was advised to activate a Hold & Secure emergency procedure and recall students back into the school during the lunch period.
The three suspects, a 40-year-old male, a 34 year-old male and a 31 year-old male, will be held in custody overnight and will attend court tomorrow. All three are residents of Prince George and well known to police.
This incident was targeted and directly related to the ongoing conflict between rival drug trafficking groups.
This is the third shooting incident on Bellos Street in less than three weeks and second today. See the previous media release from earlier today at http://princegeorge.rcmp.ca.