Shooting, kidnapping linked to Dawson Creek drug war

Dawson Creek RCMP say two violent incidents in the past two weeks appear to be related to an ongoing drug war in the city.

Early Nov. 5, police say someone fired three rounds from a shotgun into a multi-unit house in the 1500 block of 99th Avenue. Three men were in the home at the time and claim they were targeted by mistake, police say. Police have seized the property for investigation, and were on the scene Thursday morning.

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According to a relase, there was "evidence of drug activity in the neighbourhood where the shooting took place."

The shooting follows on an Oct. 24 kidnapping at gun point from the Taylor Pub. Police say a man was abducted and taken to Dawson Creek where he was beaten, bear sprayed and stabbed in the legs. The 31-year-old escaped to a nearby home, where he called an ambulance. A police K9 unit was able to "back track" to find the residence where the man was held, but say the victims in both cases are not cooperating with police.

Dawson Creek Sgt. Ed Reinink said it's unclear whether the two events are linked. No one has been arrested in either incident.

"It's all part of this ongoing drug war," he said. "There are multiple factions vying for control. It's getting more and more violent. Now we're starting to see the kind of stuff you see down south."

Who those factions are is still unclear.

Earlier this year, RCMP linked another abduction and shooting to the drug war.

On Feb. 21, a man was kidnapped from a street in Dawson Creek, driven to a gravel pit near Radar Lake and shot in the legs. The man survived and was able to drag himself to the road, where he flagged down a ride to the hospital.

Jaskarn Lally, Avninder Sidhu, Christopher Westlake and Anthony Larsen were charged with weapons offences following the shooting, while Lally was also charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. 

The accused have trial dates in March 2016.

In September 2014, police raided a rural property near Dawson Creek and arrested a man who they believe has ties to the UN gang.

RCMP ask anyone with information about the incidents to call the detachment or Crime Stoppers, which they say may offer a reward for tips. 

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