Since June 27, 2013, there have been a total of seven incidents involving pellet guns in the region, one of which resulted in a minor injury to a pedestrian.
On Thursday, July 4, at approximately 4 pm, a 20 year old male was walking in the area of Elk Lake Drive at Normandy Road. The victim reported hearing the sound of “popping” and then felt a sharp pain to his elbow. The victim observed an older model gold coloured sedan with four doors driving past his location and believed that one of the occupants of the car had shot at him with a pellet gun.
The suspect was descibed as a 25 year old male, with a skinny build and a bald head. The victim observed what he believed to be a handgun style pellet gun.
“This incident involving a person comes during a period where we have had a number of property related offences that appear to have involved a projectile of some kind” Sgt. Steve Eassie says. “Although it has not yet been confirmed, it is believed that a pellet gun has been used to damage property in six other incidents”.
The first three of these incidents occurred in the overnight hours of June 27, 2013, between the 4200 and 4500 blocks of Wilkinson Road. Three parked and unoccupied vehicles had windows damaged by a projectile, believed to be a pellet gun.
Another incident occurred on July 2, 2013, in the 4600 block of West Saanich Road. A commercial business sustained damage to several windows.
The final two incidents were reported to have taken place on July 4, 2013. A commerical business in the 500 block of Beaver Lake Road, and windows of a parked and unoccupied vehicle in the 4800 block of Beaver Road were the targets.
Anyone with information concerning any of these incidents is asked to call the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Sgt. Steve Eassie #158