WATCH: The Sooke shooting suspects remain in custody, charged with attempted murder, as RCMP investigate links to drug trafficking gangs and organized crime. Tess van Straaten reports.
He’s been on the Crime Stoppers most wanted list since 2014, but police are saying very little about 25-year-old Joshua LaFleur.
“I won’t comment on his criminal record but he was the subject of numerous outstanding warrants in Sooke and other jurisdictions,” Sooke RCMP S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur says.
LaFleur and 21-year-old Damien Medwedrich have now been charged with two counts of attempted murder, along with Dustin David Brown who was arrested last week.
Police say they’re responsible for a shocking drive-by shooting in Sooke last Tuesday.
Two men, both known to police, were shot on Ella Road in Sooke in what police say was a targeted shooting by rival drug gangs.
RCMP are now investigating the link to drug trafficking groups and organized crime on Vancouver Island but won’t say whether the shooting was a vendetta or a bid to push out a rival group.
“I won’t speculate on that,” S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur says. “It’s going to be turned over to the justice system and I wouldn’t want to compromise that. We’re going to be completing our investigation, it’s going to be thoroughly investigated, and the matter is now going to be before the courts.”
Sooke RCMP drug crackdown
Sooke RCMP been cracking down on drug trafficking, with a major bust last year that saw upwards of a dozen people arrested.
Heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, GHB and marijuana were all seized.
Meanwhile, both LaFleur and Medwedrich — who has a prior conviction for auto theft — remain in custody and will appear before a judge Thursday morning.
Dustin Brown will have a bail hearing next month.
The names of the shooting victims are protected by a court order and police won’t say whether they’re facing charges for other crimes.
One man was treated and released last week but the other remains in hospital in stable condition.