RCMP say children inside Nanaimo home when gun fired

By Ian Holmes
August 9, 2018 - 5:25pm Updated: August 10, 2018 - 11:34am

A gunshot in a Nanaimo area home early Thursday morning was made in the presence of two young Children. A 49-year-old man was arrested and faces several charges.Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — RCMP say a gun was fired inside a Nanaimo home in the presence of two young children.

RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said it happened at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at a Woodland St. home behind the closed Woodlands Secondary School. O'Brien told NanaimoNewsNOW two adults and two young children were in the home at the time of the gunfire.

“It's very early in the investigation at this point. We've seized some suspected drugs and some firearms. As to why the gun was discharged we believe there may have been a disagreement in the house.”

O'Brien said nobody was injured and the bullet, which he said landed somewhere in the house, was not a targeted shot at anybody.

A woman and two children safely left, while a 49-year-old man was arrested roughly two hours later outside the home without incident, O'Brien said. The man was held overnight and released without charges pending further investigation. O'Brien said several gun and drug related charges are being considered.

“Alcohol is believed to have been a factor.”

He said the Ministry of Children and Family Development have been contacted.

O'Brien said several guns, drugs and ammunition were found in the house.


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