Police say Courtenay shooting was targeted

Police say Courtenay shooting was targeted

57 year-old man was taken to hospital Tuesday afternoon with gunshot wounds.

Salsbury Rd. at Lake Trail Rd. in west Courtenay was blocked off by police late Tuesday afternoon after reports that someone had been shot around 4:20pm.

“Upon arrival they located at 57-year-old Courtenay resident who had been shot,” said Comxox Valley RCMP Constable Rob Gardner. “He was taken to hospital by BC Ambulance Service with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is still ongoing, there has been no arrest at this time. It does appear this was a targeted shooting.”

There is no update on the man’s condtion and no motive for the shooting has been provided by police.

Residents of Salsbury Road say the shooting happened on the road in front of 981 Salsbury which is also just a block away from Arden Elementary School.

“Anytime that anything like this happens in the public it?s very concerning absolutely and that?s why it?s important that we have anyone who saw anything to contact us so we can help figure out this investigation and get it resolved as quickly as we can.” added Cst. Gardner.

It is the latest of at least 5 shootings in Courtenay this year, all of them targeted.

Police aren’t saying if they think they are related.

The shootings have some people feeling a little uneasy.

“You don?t really know, is it safe to be out or is it it targeted and we?re still OK?” said Lucy Schoenfelder who was walking with her child at the Courtenay Airpart Wednesday.

“Yeah it makes you worried about your kids running around and you hope you live in a community where your kids can be off free and no worries to be had.” added Tia Johnson.

Courtenay mayor Larry Jangula is also disturbed by the rash of shootings.

“Oh it?s very troubling and it?s very upsetting and even though we know and hear from police that there are some assurances that these are targeted shootings, that they?re not basically indiscriminately shooting at folks, the reality is even a targeted shooting, there?s always a possibility invariably of someone who?s in the neighbourhood getting hurt.” he said.

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