WATCH: A home that was the scene of a shooting on May 25th is now up on the market for $399,000.00 in Courtenay. Neighbors say the home has been a problem for the neighborhood for quite some time, Dean Stoltz reports.
It’s not every day a simple “For Sale” sign signifies such a positive change in a family’s life.
“I was at work and my wife sent me a text with the picture of the sign and I was like yeah, right on, about time,” said Mike Dionne.
“[Its] a positive change to the neighborhood that we’ve always wanted, to the neighborhood we had before they moved in, and just the safety and security of hopefully not having these people in the neighborhood anymore [is a releif],” said Holly Dionne
The Dionne’s live next door to 475 Panorama Crescent where renters and different people come and go.
They’re friends of a man who used to live in the house but died there six months ago. His mother who lives elsewhere owns the home, but he’s gone, and the friends have stayed.
The yard is piled high with junk and bikes and the Dionnes say they suspect there’s been illegal activity going on there for years.
“Yeah it’s been normal, between 10 o’clock and 3:30 in the morning it’s non-stop, traffic will come and go, come and go,” said Mike Dionne.
Then last weekend there was a confrontation that ended in gunfire. A man came out of the house and shot at Mike Dionne’s friend Dusty who had gone over to tell people there to keep the noise down.
Dusty says he was specifically shot at.
“Oh yeah, You don’t really fire a gun off at somebody and not expect to hit them right?” he told CHEK News.
The bullets missed him but the back window of his car was shot out as at least two rounds were fired.
Police flooded the area but the suspect was gone and on Friday the Comox Valley RCMP released photos of a man named Patrick Hanlon who is now wanted in connection with the shooting.
“All you feel is helpless, you can’t do anything about it and I’ve been looking for him everywhere I go,” said Holly Dionne.
The house is listed for $399,000.00 and called a “handyman delight/fantastic flipper. You’ve seen it on TV.”