A frightening day in Nanaimo, has led to a fatal shooting involving police.
An independent investigation is now underway to determine what led up the shooting that rocked the quiet Country Club are of the city just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Investigators taped off blocks of central Nanaimo Tuesday where the deadly shooting sent neighbours running minutes before.
“I heard two gunshots going off and then a loud pop sound like pop, pop and I just jumped out of my seat and I was like what’s going on,” says neighbour Brent Frain.
“It was just really loud and echoed throughout the building,” recalls neighbour Sonja Grandahl.
Within moments police cruisers poured into the area. Surveillance video from the Good Neighbour Thrift Store store across the road, captured the response.
“Very quickly,” says the shop’s owner Joongho Kim. He then watched paramedics work on a body on a stretcher.
“Just one body. You saw them on the stretcher? Yeah on the stretcher and moved to ambulance,” says Kim.
The incident ended on Country Club Drive next to St Andrews Church, but the call started a few blocks away when a suspicious man was seen waving a knife in a Dairy Queen parking lot.
“He was standing over here. Over by these trees here and he was just holding a knife with both hands holding it straight up and he was looking around, looking around like he was looking around for somebody to do harm to or maybe to himself I’m not sure,” says Dairy Queen janitor David McLellan.
McLellan told the restaurant’s owners, and the man was last seen running down Norwell Drive, towards the church. Wellington Secondary is just a block further away.
“Like he was holding the handle with both hands and the blade was just sticking up and he was walking around and not just the knife was unusual but he was walking around with heavy duty winter boots on and that really caught my eye you know. You had a bad feeling. Yeah I had a bad feeling that he was going to end up doing something to somebody,” says McLellan.
According to Nanaimo RCMP they located the male on Country Club Drive and in the encounter that followed the suspect was shot. He later died in hospital.
“It’s unbelievable. This is such a nice street. Yeah,” says neighbour Shane Green.
A street behind police tape now. As an investigation into the fatal shooting collects evidence and gathers shocked witness accounts.
“I’m actually very nervous, because its so close to home,” says Brent Frain. “Right across from a church, and a high school like they’re still in school right now. And this going on right in our neighbourhood it’s unacceptable.”
The frightening incident that began during thunder storm still shaking this community, and likely will for some time to come.