A brazen midday shooting that left one person dead in Nanaimo earlier this week is believed to be connected to gang violence on the Lower Mainland, police say.
“We believe this event has a nexus to the ongoing gang conflict and violence currently plaguing a number of Lower Mainland communities,” Acting Insp. Donovan Tait of the Nanaimo RCMP, said in a press release issued Saturday.
On Thursday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m., a person sitting inside a parked BMW X5 at the Rock City Plaza — near a Wendy’s Restaurant — was shot and killed.
The incident resulted in multiple searches throughout the city and the arrest of three suspects, have now been released pending further investigation.
“These investigations are complex and we are committed to keeping Nanaimo and its citizens safe. The continued cooperation from the public is critical to have these perpetrators held accountable,” said Tait.
Nanaimo RCMP say they are hoping to speak to witnesses who may have been walking or driving through the Rock City Plaza at the time of the shooting, and say they really want to speak to a woman who was seen walking towards the Jumping Jiminy’s Playground & Café at the time of the shooting.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file #2021-18372.