Two guns seized in Duncan

“These weapons look very real and the consequences of using or displaying these guns alarms the public"

  • Mar. 4, 2016 6:00 p.m.

CITIZEN

Police seized two guns off the streets of Duncan Thursday.

Just after 1 p.m., officers from the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment were called to the James and Garden street area in response to a report of two men with a handgun.

Cpl. Krista Hobday said a replica revolver potentially intended for target practise was seized from a 25-year-old Duncan man. The man is potentially facing numerous weapons charges after the handgun was discovered in his backpack.

Hobday said a passerby saw the gun and called police.

“After Tuesday’s incident on the highway following a drive-by shooting in Nanaimo, people are understandably cautious,” Hobday said.

“The second man, who is 20 years old and also from Duncan, was apprehended after a short foot chase. He had outstanding warrants for an unrelated matter. He also had a weapon; a homemade collapsible baton.”

At approximately 4:15 p.m. on the same day, police again responded to a gun call.

This time, a concerned resident of an apartment complex on Kimberly Drive reported that a couple of teenagers were shooting a pellet gun off the balcony towards the garbage cans.

Hobday said they also appeared to be aiming at a youth on the ground and the complainant had been hit in the back by a ricochet. She said police attended the residence and were able to identify the teens, and will be speaking to their parents.

“The weapon was seized,” she said.

“These weapons look very real and the consequences of using or displaying these guns alarms the public, generates calls to the police and can have lethal consequences.”