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ERT deployed to assist in aggravated assault investigation; 10 arrested

Police are continuing to investigate following a shooting that took place early this morning in Prince George.

On Thursday January 16 at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Prince George RCMP received a report of two people at the hospital with injuries consistent with being shot.  The injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Officers attended the hospital and spoke to the victims.  Investigation led officers to believe that the victims were shot by someone known to them on the 3100 block of Westwood Drive in Prince George.  The scene was secured and evidence gathered.

While patrolling for the suspect, officers observed him in a large SUV and attempted to stop the vehicle.  The vehicle did not stop and fled the area.  Due to weather and road conditions, and in order to best ensure public safety, officers discontinued pursuit of the suspect.

Through further investigation, frontline officers located the suspect vehicle parked outside a residence in the small community of Willow River, just east of Prince George.  The Prince George RCMP’s Police Dog Services Unit and the North District RCMP’s Emergency Response Team were called out to assist.

Later this morning, four women and six men were taken into custody without incident.  The suspect was not among them.

Although the motive of this attack has yet to be confirmed, investigators believe that the suspect and victims are known to each other and this is a targeted attack. 

The Prince George RCMP do not believe this incident is associated to the attempted murder that occurred on Tuesday January 14 in Prince George.

If you have any information about this serious Criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at (English only).  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.

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