Victoria police say they have seized a pellet gun that they suspect was used to shoot a city hall office window on July 29.
Just after 2:45 p.m. on July 29, police were called to Victoria’s City Hall at 1 Centennial Square for a report that a staff member had returned to their desk to discover damage to an office window.
Police said the damage was consistent with a projectile having been fired at the window from outside. The staff member was not physically injured in the incident.
According to police, evidence at the scene indicated that the window was most likely damaged by a compressed-air style air gun, such as a pellet gun.
Police said during the investigation into the city hall incident, investigators also learned about a second pellet gun shooting which caused thousands of dollars in damage to the McPherson Playhouse. Police believe these two incidents are related.
Officers received a report on July 31 that multiple windows at the McPherson Playhouse, located at 3 Centennial Square, were damaged by a suspected air gun shooting.
The damage is believed to have occurred sometime in the week of July 25. Police are still investigating the incident.
On Aug. 4, police seized a pellet gun suspected to have been used in both of the incidents from a person in Centennial Square.
There have been no arrests at this time. Police said they are looking to speak with anyone who may have information about these incidents. Anyone with information can call VicPD 250-995-7654, and select extension 1 for the report desk.
To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Police said replica firearms continue to be used in crimes across Victoria and Esquimalt. From January to August of 2020, VicPD attended to 59 files involving replica firearms.