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Three in custody following targeted shooting and police chase

Three people are in custody and police are continuing to investigate following a shooting and vehicle chase earlier today.

At 11:37 a.m. on Thursday, October 8, the Prince George RCMP began receiving multiple reports of shots fired on Bellos Street in Prince George.  Witnesses reported that occupants in a vehicle pulled up to a specific residence, opened fire towards the residence, and fled seconds after.

Officers were immediately directed towards the scene.  While en route, the suspect vehicle was observed travelling at a high rate of speed away from the scene.  Due to a high level of concern for public safety, officers engaged in a brief pursuit.  The suspect vehicle collided with a curb and through a fence, before coming to a stop in the front yard of a residence at the corner of 10th Avenue and McBride Crescent.

Three occupants of the vehicle fled on foot.  Two suspects were arrested almost immediately after fleeing the vehicle and about five minutes after the original shots fired call to police.  The third suspect was not immediately located.  A police dog service team was called in to assist with the search.  The suspect was tracked to a hiding spot very close to where the vehicle came to a rest.  He was transported to hospital for treatment on minor bite wounds.

Two firearms were seized in close proximity to the vehicle.    

Duchess Park Secondary School was advised to activate a hold and secure emergency procedure and recall students back into the school during the lunch period.

The three suspects, a 40-year-old man, a 34-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, will be held in custody overnight and will attend court tomorrow.  All three are residents of Prince George and well known to police.

This incident was targeted and directly related to the ongoing conflict between rival drug trafficking groups.

This is the third shooting incident on Bellos Street in less than three weeks and second today.

If you have any information about violence related to the drug trade or the persons responsible, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest or seizure of firearms, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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