A truck being shot at and a man being peppered-sprayed were both targeted attacks, say Prince George RCMP.
On Sunday at approximately 6:40 p.m., the Prince George RCMP received a report of shots fired in a trailer park on the 2100 block of Norwood Street.
RCMP located an unoccupied vehicle with damage consistent with being shot by a shotgun. No one was believed to have been in the vehicle at the time of the incident and no injuries have been reported. A white Ford single cab pickup with a black canopy was seen fleeing the area before police were called. This vehicle is believed to have been stolen earlier in the day from a residence on Hammond Avenue.
A couple of hours later, at approximately 9:30 p.m., an officer was in the area of the same trailer park. The officer observed two men approach a residence, place bandanas over their faces and knock on the door. An occupant of the residence was subsequently bear-sprayed and the two suspects fled on bikes. One of the suspects was arrested, while the other evaded apprehension. The victim was treated by paramedics and released.
Lazare Francis Sampson, a 23-year-old Prince George resident, has been charged with assault with a weapon, disguise with intent to commit and indictable offence, resisting arrest, and failing to comply with probation.
Sampson was held in custody overnight and will appear in provincial court today.
The Prince George RCMP are aware that these incidents occurred a short distance from one another and within a short period of time, however, at this time there is no evidence to support that they are associated. Both incidents are believed to be targeted.
If you have any information about these serious Criminal offences, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword “pgtips”. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.