Saying it’s “too early” to suggest a new gang war is emerging, Vancouver Police admit they’re concerned about a recent spike in shootings across the region.
Constable Brian Montague says, “These incidents are troubling and we want to see if there’s things that we can do as a police department to reduce those incidents.”
Montague says this type of crime has dropped significantly in recent years and there’s no reason for the general public to be worried. “For the most part, the shootings and the violence that you’re seeing right now, these are targeted incidents. They’re generally involving people that are involved in high-risk behaviour, high-risk activity, gang activity, drug activity.”
With VPD Chief Jim Chu watching from the back of the room, Montague also directed any questions about the need for a regional police force –something Vancouver Police support– to the provincial government.