COQUITLAM (NEWS1130) – Mounties in the Tri-Cities are spending their morning hunting for whomever shot a man and a woman in a residential neighbourhood late last night.
The shots were fired in the home in the Ballenas neighbourhood, not far from Westwood Plateau, in Coquitlam just before midnight. Mounties think the shooting was targeted and drug-related, but won’t yet say whether they believe it’s gang-related
“We received what we believed to be a disturbance call,” explains Sergeant Rachel Meredith with Coquitlam RCMP. “Upon arrival, [we] did locate two people with gunshot wounds… those people were transported to hospital and are being treated.”
The victims are in stable condition. They are also known to police, as is the home.
There’s no word yet as to whether the victims live upstairs or in the downstairs suite. This morning, a white door could be seen lying on the front lawn with a large hole in it. It’s hard to tell if it has been removed from a back entrance and police are not saying if the door has anything to do with the case.
“Neither [of the victims] are believed to have life-threatening injuries. I know one is a little more serious than the other, but neither are believed to be life-threatening,” she adds.
“There have been some shady characters coming down the street. I don’t know if he’s hanging out with the wrong crowd or whatever,” says Kevin, who lives nearby.
Police think the shooting might have something to do with a car they found ditched in a McDonalds parking lot on North Road. Mounties were following the car around the same time of the shooting; it has stolen licence plates.
“We’ve secured that vehicle… we’re trying to see where it fits in the puzzle,” notes Meredith.
So far, there have been no arrests. There’s no word yet as to why the two victims were targeted.