West Shore RCMP is investigating after a man allegedly discharged a firearm near Jordie Lunn Bike Park in a residential area of Langford early Monday.
Around 12:25 a.m., police received multiple 911 calls from residents in the area of Irwin Road, saying they heard two or three “loud bangs” nearby. One witness said they interacted with a lone male suspect who brandished a firearm.
Mounties then went to the area and secured several blocks, according to RCMP. Witnesses spotted the suspect heading eastbound on Irwin Road before crossing in front of the entrance to the bike park in the 2900-block.
While RCMP’s police dog section attended and located bullet casings at a nearby construction site, the suspect was not found. Its serious crime unit is now investigating the incident, and officers have canvassed the area, searching for witnesses and video surveillance.
Police describe the suspect as a man 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.
“West Shore RCMP has not received any other reports of firearms being discharged in this manner. We wish to advise the public of this crime and ask that you report any suspicious activity right away by calling police,” said RCMP Insp. Stephen Rose in a news release.
“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.
Anyone who spots the man, or can identify him, is asked not to approach him and instead call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.
Those in the area of Irwin Road with home surveillance or a dashcam 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.