The Coffee Love Bug shop at 950 Cumberland Rd. in Courtenay was the scene of a shooting June 9, 2019. File photo

Charges laid in Courtenay coffee shop shoot-‘em-up

RCMP say man facing 11 counts in June 2019 incident that left coffee shop riddled with bullet holes

Charges have been laid in connection with an incident last sumer that left a Courtney coffee shop riddled with bullte holes.

According the RCMP, charges have been laid against a person involved in a shooting that occurred one year ago at the Coffee Love Bug Shop, and at adjacent buildings. In the early morning hours of June 9, 2019, multiple shots were fired near the Love Bug at 950 Cumberland Rd. Several bullet holes were found in nearby buildings.

“We have 11 counts against an individual,” Comox Valley RCMP Insp. Mike Kurvers said in a June 8 presentation to Courtenay council. “That was a lot of hard work from our major crimes side, the plainclothes side doing a lot of good work. We’ve wrapped that up. That’s with Crown council. All the charges are approved.”

At the time of the incident, police said the shots damaged a vehicle and two buildings. No victims came forward to police there was no evidence left behind at the scene to indicate injury, and no victims have checked into local hospitals for assistance.

Also at the time, police could not confirm how many shots were fired, or why they were fired, but said they did not believe it to be a random incident.

READ: 89-year-old Courtenay machete attack victim continues to recover in hospital

Meanwhile, charges may also be close in the case of a machete attack against an 89-year-old man last summer in downtown Courtenay that shocked many across Vancouver Island.

In the early morning hours of July 31, 2019, Bob Plumb was inside his vehicle waiting for newspapers to deliver when he was approached by a man on a bicycle who asked for a cigarette. Plumb told him he didn’t have any. The man then assaulted him with a machete.

“There’s probably some charges pending from that as well,” Kurvers said.

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