Another day, another shooting. That’s the sad reality in Surrey today- that potentially deadly gunfire has become a routine event.
There’s been gunfire every three days this year – 31 in total so far, and three in the last three days alone. For context, there were 47 over the entire course of 2015.
Mayor Linda Hepner and head of the Surrey RCMP Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy have been notable in their absence, both telling CKNW multiple times that they were too busy for a call.
LISTEN: CKNW’s Janet Brown breaks down the wave of Surrey violence
More frightening? The latest shootings have been in broad daylight. Today’s was near Bear Creek Park, which is packed with people at all hours of the day.
Surrey has brought on 90 new RCMP officers, with 10 more due by the end of spring, but the shootings continue.
And what remains unknown? How many officers have retired, or left on sick, stress, or long term leave while those 90 others arrived.
The shootings have been the talk of the town in Surrey – and tonight concerned voices weighed in on Drex Live.
Here’s a sample of what people had to say:
“What does it take? What does it take for these guys to finally step up and actually address it publicly?”
“When you shoot at somebody that’s attempted murder, put them away for 25 years like it says in the criminal code.”
“Well they have to get them in jail longer and make sure they stay there.”
“I think we really need to go after the people protecting these people.”