Updated: Six arrested after RCMP receive report of shots fired in Nanaimo


Six adults are in police custody after Nanaimo RCMP received a report of shots fired early on Monday morning.

According to RCMP, the incident took place at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Monday, January 17 in the 300-block of Hillcrest Avenue. Neighbours told CHEK News, that the house has become notorious for traffic coming in and out at all hours.

“It’s just gotten worse and worse and worse, so I just try my best not to look at anybody and not look across the street,” said neighbour Jayna, who asked CHEK News not to use her last name out of fears for her safety.

“All hours of the night people are coming and going, like all hours,” said neighbour Bella, who also asked CHEK News not to use her last name out of concern for her safety.

RCMP says that “a number of police officers” responded to the local residence, which was known to police, and entered.

“We know the area very well, we’ve been to it before. We had a number of police officers go into the home. They arrested six individuals, all are in custody at this point no charges have been laid, presently we have an investigator drafting up a search warrant so we can go back into the home and search it for evidence,” said Const, Gary O’Brien of Nanaimo RCMP.

Six people in the home were subsequently arrested without incident.

“There’s a level of violence associated with the people in this home. We’re trying to get them out of there legally so that the neighbours can have some peace and enjoyment,” said Const. O’Brien.

Neighbours hoped that the police activity may finally be the end of their ongoing fears.

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