RCMP investigating targeted shooting at Nanaimo home

WatchA terrifying drive-by shooting in a Nanaimo neighbourhood has left a house riddled with bullets and neighbours shaken by the violence. It happened just before 10 p-m last night on the 700-block of Nicol Street and as Skye Ryan reports those inside and outside the home are now afraid of what's next.
(Credit: Kathy Lennstrom/Submitted)

An investigation is underway after a house in Nanaimo’s southend was shot at repeatedly.

In a news release, Nanaimo RCMP says multiple shots were fired at a residence in the 700-block of Nicol Street, south of Needham Street, shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday. Bullet casings were discovered at the scene and despite numerous officers and Police Dog Services attending the residence, a suspect has not been found.

Kathy Lennstrom, a neighbour who lives next door at a supportive housing apartment,  told CHEK News she heard yelling followed by gunshots in rapid succession that pierced through a fence of a house next door, cutting through its windows and into its walls.

“I heard a guy yell before the gunfire, I heard a guy yell something,” she said.

Emily Davidson, who lives in the house that was hit, said she was lucky and could have been killed by the bullets that went flying into her home.

“It hit the wall behind me as I was sitting in my living room,” she said, later adding. “If I was standing, I probably would have been shot.”

Const. Gary O’Brien, media spokesperson for the Nanaimo RCMP, said the incident likely isn’t random and that the house is a known drug house well-known to law enforcement.

“The individuals who live there are involved in criminal activity and we are not surprised this happened,” he said.

However, Davidson said she’s only lived in the home for just a few weeks and has no idea who the bullets were meant for. She said she is afraid and worried the shooters will come back.

“I will definitely be getting a hotel tonight,” she said.

Lennstrom said after the shooting, she was so scared she didn’t bother going back into her room.

“I was so scared,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nanaimo RCMP are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact their non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-38888.

Bullet holes litter a home in the 700-block of Nicol Street in Nanaimo. RCMP say the home is a known drug house and was likely targeted. However, Emily Davidson, who lives at the home, said she just moved there a few weeks ago and has no idea why she would be targeted. (CHEK News)
Photos submitted to CHEK News show officers out front of a house on Nicol Street where shots were fired on Nov. 3, 2022. RCMP say the shooting is a targeted incident. (Credit: Kathy Lennstrom/Submitted)



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