RCMP say a Comox Valley man has been arrested after shots were fired in a Courtenay park, where Mounties initially found shotgun parts and shells but no suspect.
On May 25, officers responded to multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of Cliffe, Kilpatrick and Fitzgerald avenues, according to Comox Valley RCMP.
They say the officers determined the shots had likely come from Bill Moore Park, which is located along Kilpatrick Avenue.
“During a systematic search of the park, no suspect(s) were located; however, officers found and seized various shotgun parts and spent shells,” said RCMP.
In a release Tuesday, RCMP say an investigation and search warrant led its Street Crimes and Bike units, as well as frontline officers, to gather additional evidence and identify a suspect.
A 32-year-old man who lives in the Comox Valley was arrested with charges recommended against him.
Const. Monika Terragni, media relations officer for Comox Valley RCMP, says the incident is a stark reminder of the danger posed by the reckless and dangerous use of firearms.
“The evidence at the scene suggests the shots were fired into the trees, and considering the nearby trails, it is deeply concerning,” added Terragni.
“We are grateful that nobody was hurt, but the potential consequences of this behaviour cannot be overstated.”
RCMP are now thanking those callers who reported the shots fired.