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A drive-by shooting in Nanaimo this afternoon sparked a dramatic 50 kilometer police chase that ended in Duncan.
It has left two police officers in hospital and two suspects in custody facing multiple charges including attempted murder.
Nanaimo RCMP say they received reports of multiple gunshots being fired into an occupied vehicle parked in a residential part of the city next to a children’s daycare just before 4pm.
The lone occupant was not injured despite multiple rounds being fired into the vehicle.
A witness to the shooting at Wakesiah Avenue and 2nd Street gave police a description of the car the suspects fled in and it was spotted 20 minutes later by RCMP officers south of Nanaimo.
The officers followed them to Ladysmith where local RCMP activated emergency equipment but it failed to stop the suspect’s vehicle.
It was in Ladysmith that two Nanaimo RCMP officers were injured after the driver lost control of their unmarked car.
The high-speed chase continued into Duncan with Ladysmith RCMP joining in the pursuit.
The suspects were finally stopped at 4:50pm at the intersection of Coronation Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway.
“the cops seemed to have hit another car, I guessed rammed them, and the cops were out with there guns pointing to the individual inside the car, and they had one individual on the ground,” said witness Adib Atrchi.
Nanaimo RCMP say the two men were arrested without further incident.
The two males, both in their mid-twenties, have been transported to Nanaimo.
“We don’t know what the motive is, all we know is that a firearm was produced, fired into the vehicle, those two have been arrested on attempted murder charges and we’ll be looking at variety of weapons charges as well,” says Cst. Gary O’Brien of Nanaimo RCMP.
The two will appear in Nanaimo Provincial court on Wednesday March 2nd.
The two officers injured during the pursuit have been taken to hospital with undisclosed non-life threatening injuries.