BY BILL PHILLIPS
Police have released the names of the two men gunned down in a car on Foothills Drive early Wednesday morning.
Dead are Thomas Burt Reed, 51, of Burns Lake, and David Laurin Franks, 46, of Prince George. The RCMP will not be identifying third victim who survived the early morning attack. Shortly after the shooting police arrested Aaron Ryan Moore, 27, and Joshua Steven West, 33, both of Prince George. A third man, Perry Andrew Charlie, 24, was arrested Thursday afternoon after police executed a search warrant in in Caledonia Trailer Park off North Nechako Drive.
All three have been charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
RCMP are still searching for another man. Seaver Tye Miller, 21, of Prince George, is wanted one two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He is considered armed and dangerous. The public is asked to immediately call 9-1-1 if they see him, and is advised not to approach him.
“I want to recognize the impact this shocking event has had in our community,” said RCMP Supt. Warren Brown in a media briefing Friday afternoon. “Our officers have been working tirelessly around the clock to investigate this crime to apprehend those responsible and to ensure that retaliation is not going to occur.”
Brown said that all those involved in the incident were involved in a lifestyle that often results in this kind of violence. Even so, he offered his condolences to the families of the dead men.
“Regardless of who these individuals are, or their lifestyle, it’s very unfortunate that this has happened to them and the effect it’s had on their families and loved ones,” he said.
Brown didn’t divulge too many details about what happened, other than to say the initial arrest was made about an hour after they were called out at about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday.
Brown said the shooting was “targeted,” but added that poses a danger to the community, especially as it was in a public place. Brown said the suspects are known to police, but wouldn’t elaborate whether the victims were.
“We still believe there’s an inherent danger for retaliation,” he said. “… The lifestyles of the deceased lived, and those they associated with, involved the drug lifestyle and a lifestyle consistent activities that could lead to gang involvement.”
As the investigation is still ongoing, we wouldn’t elaborate on whether guns were found at the scene.
He also wouldn’t say where the wounded person is still in hospital or whether he is cooperating with police.
“I’m concerned for his safety,” said Brown. “Police are ensuring that there is a safety plan in place for that person.”
Brown thanked the public for their assistance in helping police with further tips.
“That resulted in the execution of two search warrants, and the collection of vital evidence, allowing us to identify two more suspects,” said Supt. Brown.
He also acknowledged that a coordinated and aligned provincial enforcement approach, whereby information is regularly shared on individuals who pose the greatest threat to public safety, also assisted the investigation.
Brown also had a message for those “who choose to live a lifestyle of violence, intimidation and criminal behavior,” in the city.
“We cannot and will not tolerate this in our community,” he said. “We’re not naïve. We have a very good idea who you are. If you choose to live and orchestrate these lifestyles, then you also pose a threat to people in our community … It may not be this week, or this month, but you will be apprehended by the police for the lifestyle and behaviour that you’re living.”