A man was shot and taken to hospital with serious injuries and another man was arrested for attempted murder after an altercation close to the Nanaimo Parkway yesterday.
Nanaimo RCMP were called to Northfield Road near the parkway at about 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, and found a man lying injured on the side of the highway.
“It was in interaction between two people, which led to one individual being shot with serious injuries and transported to hospital,” said reserve Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson.
Passersby stopped and provided emergency first aid until B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics reached the scene.
The suspect was identified and was arrested with 20 minutes of the shooting, noted an RCMP press release.
O’Brien said the two men, both in their 40s, were previously known to police and one of the men may have been living in a tent in the area.
A section of the highway was closed for several hours as investigators searched for forensic evidence and police searched a homeless encampment Tuesday, Aug. 2, but did not locate the firearm used in the shooting.
“The firearm in question is believed to be a sawed-off shotgun that may be in area of Boxwood Road and Northfield,” noted the release.
The reserve constable had seen posts on social media sharing misinformation about yesterday’s incident and said RCMP would have been first to advise the public if there was any risk.
“In this particular case, the situation was resolved. We had an individual who was in custody…” he said. “There was no further risk to the public. At no time was there an active shooter. At no time. People need to be responsible for their words.”
Anyone with any information that might help the investigation is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP detachment non-emergency number at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2022-26472.