WATCH: RCMP are investigating after two windows on a B-C transit bus were shattered during the morning commute. As Luisa Alvarez reports police believe the bus may have been targeted.
West Shore RCMP is investigating after two bus windows were smashed by apparent pellets while passengers were on board Wednesday morning in View Royal.
” First you didn’t know what was going on. You hear these cracks and then everyone is looking around noticed the windows are broken and then you are just wondering if you got shot,” said bus passenger Len Church.
The bus was near Shoreline Community Middle School when it was hit and once passengers alerted the driver the bus was immediately pulled over and passengers evacuated.
” The west shore RCMP are investigating reports of a pellet gun being used in this they are leading the investigation and if that is what ended up happening we are very concerned about that,” said Jonathon Dyck with BC Transit.
Police have not confirmed if it was a pellet gun that was used but whatever the flying object was that shattered the windows it was not able to penetrate the safety glass and luckily nobody was injured.
” All avenues of the investigation are open and once we can make a determination we will be able to say specifically what it is but its too early to speculate as to the cause of the damage,” said Cst.Matt Baker with the West Shore RCMP.
And it is not the first time something like this has happened.
“We did have a situation in 2013 where there were a series of incidents that occurred in Sooke we did put out notices and worked very closely with crime stoppers and the RCMP because these are serious incidents when you have these types of reports come in,” said Dyck.
While those incidents were never solved police are confident this one will be but they need your help.
” We will locate whoever did this and we are asking for the public’s help if they saw anything that morning contact Victoria crime stoppers or the west shore RCMP ”
Police believe the incident was a crime of opportunity, but say there is no danger to the general public.
@WestshoreRCMP are investigating pellets hitting a window of @BCTransit bus at Craigflower Rd near Admirals Rd. Our officers are on scene and investigating. No one was hurt. Pellets did not appear to enter the bus. We will update the public when we know more. #yyj
— West Shore RCMP (@WestshoreRCMP) January 17, 2018
B.C. Transit says the #14 bus was travelling eastbound on Craigflower Road when a loud noise was heard around 8 a.m.
#yyjtraffic I was just on the #14 bus on Craigflower near Admirals when 2 windows were shot likely from a pellet gun.
— Len (@lenchurchis) January 17, 2018