Two young pedestrians look on at a Sooke Road home surrounded by police tape and vehicles Wednesday morning. On Tuesday evening

Two arrested in connection with shooting

Victim of multiple gunshot wounds remains in hospital unable to communicate

Two arrests have been made in connection with an incident on Tuesday night that saw a man shot multiple times in a home on Sooke Road.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, a call came in to 911 operators about a man being shot in a home on the 2600 block of Sooke Road. West Shore RCMP attended and found the victim, who was immediately rushed to hospital, where he remains in serious condition and unable to communicate with police due to his medical condition, according to Staff Sergeant Steve Wright.

A 22-year-old male was arrested by Saanich Police at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday in connection to the shooting, acting on a tip.

They also arrested a 21-year-old Saanich resident suspected as being an accessory after the fact. Both suspects await court appearances in custody at West Shore Detachment. Their names will not be released pending approval of charges by Crown Counsel.

As of Gazette press deadline, police were in the process of obtaining a search warrant to search a residence in Saanich for the hand gun involved in the shooting, and police in Langford at the Sooke Road scene were still searching the residence and gathering forensic evidence.

It is unclear at this point what relationship the man has with the home or if anyone else was in the home when the man was shot.

Staff Sgt. Wright has confirmed that all the parties involved in this incident are “well known to police,” and the house on Sooke Road where the incident took place was, in fact, visited by authorities earlier that evening for a separate event, though they are unwilling at this time to say what that event was.

Investigators are looking to speak anyone who may have further information on this incident. Those with information are requested to contact West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

“Langford remains a safe community,” Staff Sgt. Wright said.

“At this point we have no reason to believe that the recent violent incidents are connected in any way, and citizens should not be concerned about any perceived spike in violent crime.”

mdavies@goldstreamgazette.com

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