West Shore RCMP is renewing a call for the public to help identify a man who allegedly discharged a firearm near a Langford bike park, releasing security footage of him Monday in hopes someone with information will come forward.
On Feb. 20, around 12:25 a.m., police received multiple 911 calls from residents in the area of Irwin Road, near Jordie Lunn Bike Park, saying they heard two or three “loud bangs” nearby, Mounties said in an initial, since-reissued news release.
One witness said they interacted with a lone male suspect who brandished a firearm, prompting officers to secure several blocks of the area once on scene. At the time, witnesses told police they spotted the suspect heading eastbound on Irwin Road before crossing in front of the entrance to the bike park in the 2900-block.
RCMP’s police dog section also attended, locating bullet casings at a nearby construction site, but no suspect. Its serious crime unit is investigating the incident, and officers canvassed the area searching for witnesses and video surveillance, police say.
On March 6, RCMP released this video of the alleged suspect:
He’s described as being between the ages of 40 and 50, standing approximately 6’1″ with a heavy build and weighing around 250-300 lbs. At the time of the incident, he wore a white shirt, light-coloured pants and shoes, and a baseball cap.
In the initial release, RCMP Insp. Stephen Rose said police did not receive any other reports of firearms being discharged but still asked the public to report any suspicious activity.
“The motive and specific actions of the suspect in this matter remain unknown and under investigation. Investigators are working hard to identify this suspect and are requesting the public’s assistance in this matter,” added Rose on Feb. 21.
Anyone who spots or can identify the man is asked not to approach him and instead call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264. Those in the area of Irwin Road with surveillance are asked to review footage captured between midnight and 1 a.m. on Feb. 20 and, if the suspect is seen on camera, reach out to police.