The Happy Valley Market wass cordoned off by police tape after reports of a shooting late Tuesday morning. (Swikar Oli/News Staff)

Langford shooting suspect is banned from having firearms: West Shore RCMP

Investigators ask witnesses and occupants of the brown Cadillac Deville involved to come forward

A suspect arrested for the shooting at Happy Valley Market in Langford was in possession of an unauthorized firearm at the time of his arrest, the West Shore RCMP revealed at a press conference Wednesday.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man, was arrested for dangerous operation of a vehicle and “firearm related offenses,” said Const. Nancy Saggar.

West Shore RCMP is submitting a package for the Crown today that also puts forward a charge relating to the violation of a court order barring the suspect from having a firearm, Saggar said.

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The shooting outside the store was reported Tuesday around 11 a.m., although motivations that precipitated the incident are still unclear, Saggar said.

Police believe the occupant of a brown Cadillac Deville was the intended target in the shooting. That vehicle was found abandoned on Leila Road in Colwood. Police are looking for the vehicle’s occupant, a Caucasian man in his 30’s, last seen on foot in the area of Royal Colwood Golf Club. He is not considered to be a suspect, Saggar noted.

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“Right now we only have one side of the story, and we need to figure out what the other side is,” she said.

The suspect was arrested after colliding with a semi truck on Veterans Memorial Parkway as it was fleeing area of the shooting in a white Kia.

Police have not found a connection between the shooting on Tuesday and one two weeks ago on the West Shore, she added.

With a suspect in custody and a firearm taken off the road, police have “nothing to suggest” the possibility of present danger to the public, Saggar said.

swikar.oli@goldstreamgazette.com

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