There’s been at least ten shootings in Surrey this year, one for every week of 2016.
Residents want to know why more isn’t being done to curb the violence.
Doug Elford with the Newton Community Association says with warm weather and longer days on the way, it may be just a matter of time before the gun violence costs the life of an innocent victim.
“With the start of baseball season, kids are getting into parks… I mean, this last shooting in my neighbourhood was right near a children’s playground. The last one was a little close to my house, and my neighbours are worried about walking, even during the day.”
Despite more promised RCMP officers arriving to Surrey and multiple community forums, Elford adds there’s been little to no difference.
“They held many public forums where the head of the Surrey RCMP got up in front of us and said ‘we know who these people are, we’re working on getting on top of it’. Well to me, if you know who they are, you’ve got to be doing a better job. This is beyond ridiculous. We’re not seeing them on the streets, so we’re hoping over time we see an increased presence in the community.”
“We made a promise to Julie Paskall’s family that we would carry on the fight, that we wouldn’t stop. But I mean, one shooting a week… It’s beyond ridiculous.”
In March alone, there’s been three documented shootings, none of which have led to an arrest.