RCMP officers investigate the car that had its rear window smashed, with a shovel handle lying in the foreground. Photo by Scott Strasser.

RCMP officers investigate the car that had its rear window smashed, with a shovel handle lying in the foreground. Photo by Scott Strasser.

UPDATE: Suspected gunplay in East Courtenay on Friday night

Witnesses told reporters that at least two shots rang out

Comox Valley RCMP officers are investigating suspected gunplay following an altercation in East Courtenay on May 25.

Though police have not yet confirmed any details, two witnesses told reporters that at least two shots rang out Friday night following an altercation between residents around 11:30 p.m. on Panorama Crescent.

Police had taped off the block while they investigated the scene on Saturday morning. A silver car could be seen with its rear window broken, while the handle of a shovel was visible in the middle of the street.

Witnesses who live on Panorama spoke to reporters about the incident, highlighting a house on Panorama Crescent that they claimed has been a problem for several years. The shooter reportedly came from that house.

Panorama Crescent resident Dustin, who did not want to provide his last name, said he was the person who was shot at on Friday night. He said he had gone over to the house to confront the people there and told them to be quiet.

“Basically they were out there yelling, swearing and fighting like they normally do every couple of days,” he said. “I went out there to calm the situation down. That didn’t go so well, I ended up getting in an altercation with them.

“I get told I’m going to get shot at. Next thing you know, as I’m walking away my car gets hit,” he added.

Dustin claimed the house has been a problem for years, with dozens of people streaming in and out of it throughout the day. He claimed there were about 25 people there on Friday night, but was uncertain how many had been arrested.

(RCMP have not corroborated Dustin’s account of the incident)

“This needs to get dealt with,” he said. “Nothing is being done around here. They’re constantly in and out and the police don’t do anything about it.

“There are cops who have been here for eight to 10 years. They tell me they’ve known about this house for eight or 10 years. How do you not do something about it?”

Another Panorama Crescent resident and witness, Holly Dionne, told reporters that neighbours call the police or the City multiple times a week about the house. She said she’s lived next to the house for about six years and said illegal activity there has been a problem since before she arrived.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” she said. “We call the cops constantly. A lot of neighbours have kind of given up on it because we’re always talking to them about it and they say ‘we’re aware of the situation and we know what’s going on. We’re building our case against them and doing everything we can,’ but it’s been seven years of complaints.”

As of 12:00 on Saturday, The Record is still awaiting comment from the Comox Valley RCMP about the incident. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.