Two men are facing attempted murder charges tonight, after a drive by shooting in Nanaimo, which led to an extended police pursuit down the Trans Canada Highway.
It all started on a normally quiet residential Nanaimo street, when a passing car fired shots into a parked vehicle.
The man in the targeted vehicle was somehow unhurt.
But with bullets flying, and a busy day-care nearby, police say its a wonder no one was hurt.
“Extremely concerning, the fact that the day care was occupied, the parents were coming by soon to pick up the children,” said Cst. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
But the action was just getting started.
The two suspects sped south in their car, fleeing from Nanaimo RCMP down the Trans Canada Highway.
The chase continued towards Ladysmith. That’s where one of the pursuing police vehicles crashed.
Two officers were injured, and one was airlifted to hospital. Both officers have since been released from hospital and are in good condition.
None of that slowed the assailants however. They continued to head south, leading to the involvement of a third RCMP detachment.
Duncan RCMP considered their options for stopping the assailants. “It’s a very dynamic situation. There was an effort made to lay out a spike belt, but the volume of traffic of time didn’t allow us to safely deploy that,” said Insp. Ray Carfantan of the Duncan RCMP.
Spike belts couldn’t help slow the suspects, but there is no escaping the evening rush hour. And when the assailants hit Duncan shortly before 5:00 PM , that is what finally forced them to slow down.
With nowhere left to go, officers were finally able to surround the suspects.
“The cops seemed to have hit another car, I guess rammed him. And the cops were out with their guns pointed at the individual in the car,” said a man who witnessed the police take down.
At that point, the two men gave themselves up without further incident.
They are facing a a long list of charges, including attempted murder.