‘It’s confusing’: Two other women were shot with a pellet gun from a vehicle, this time on the West Shore

The report follows two similar incidents in Victoria on Sunday morning, which Two women were shot with bullets from a van.

The West Shore RCMP is investigating a pair of shootings in which two women were shot from a car with a shotgun Tuesday morning – one of them had to go to the hospital to remove the bullet from her face.

The report follows two similar incidents in Victoria on Sunday morning, which Two women were shot with bullets from a van.

Victoria Police spokesman Bowen Osoko said police did not know if the shootings were related, “but there were significant similarities” between them, including a description of the vehicle involved – a gray sedan – and the fact that the woman was targeted.

VicPD investigators are working closely with the RCMP to determine if the attack was related, he said.

The first West Shore incident was reported around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday – a woman said she was shot in the face by a bullet while standing on Jacklin and Jenkins Avenue, near Westshore Town Center in Langford. She went to the hospital for treatment.

Later, around 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, a woman reported being shot as she walked near the intersection of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Latoria Road in Colwood, near the Latoria Walk Mall. She was not injured and described the vehicle as a sedan Gray, which does not exist.

Const. Alex Berube said anyone with video surveillance who might catch something in those areas or any information that could help investigators identify any suspects should contact the West Shore RCMP.

“It’s difficult to identify what the motivations are behind this, whether it is just a bad joke or someone with a devastating motive to cause damage,” Berube said.

The Victoria incident began with a woman reporting that she was shot by an unknown man in a vehicle after 1:30 a.m. Sunday as she was sitting on 1700 Douglas Street, between Fisgard and Herald streets.

A few hours later, a second woman was shot by an unknown man Stay in the vehicle while standing at Douglas and Pandora Avenue.

A woman enters the hospital.

The gunman, described as an old gray or light sedan, was last seen heading west on Pandora with four white men inside.

Osoko said the piercing could have caused serious injuries. “The reality is that, depending on the weapons you use, they can cause serious injuries,” he said. It’s not a joke and it’s not a joke. “

Berube says getting information from victims in such situations can be difficult, and used vehicles can disappear for a long time once they are aware of what happened.

“They may not feel it right away, so getting a license plate or a better description of the vehicle or even a suspect can be very challenging.”

Customers at the Latoria Walk Mall, near the scene of the incident, expressed shock at the shooting.

“This is the first time I’ve heard it,” said Patrick Abbott. “I do not know what to say. It’s disturbing.”

“You almost lost your word,” said Tom Wilson. “Who would do that? Crazy thing.”

He said he lived near the Latoria Walk and was angry that the incident took place nearby. “We walk here all the time.”

Deb Norbury was shocked to hear that the battered woman in Langford had to remove the pellets from her vagina. “There are some patients around, right? I hope they catch it. ”

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin called the pellet shooting a “tragedy.”

“Obviously I do not want it in my community and we want to address it,” he said. “I’m very disappointed that – especially this holiday season and coping with so much pressure on COVID and then the frustration of things being shut down – some people are so selfish and choose to hurt on purpose.”

Victoria Mayor Lisa Help is still saddened by the news.

“It is shocking to see this happening across our region,” she said.

Susan Howard, development and communications manager for Victoria’s Transition House, said the shooting was “a serious act against women.”

“I’m very sorry to hear about this,” she said. “I definitely hope these people are arrested.”

Anyone with information on the incident should contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Victoria Police at 250-995-7654, Extension 1, or report anonymously to the crime scene at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

jbell@timescolonist.com

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