“We need a swat team to come into Williams Lake and deal with these prolific offenders”
The mayor of Williams Lake has had it with the slow pace of justice and is demanding immediate help from Victoria and Ottawa to end gang violence in his town.
Walt Cobb says the problem needs a long term solution, but that doesn’t mean short term action isn’t desperately needed.
“We’ve been promised some help and I want it now. Not next week, next month or a year from now. We need it now to get this resolved before some innocent person gets hurt. “
Cobb says First Nations figure prominently in the problem at hand.
“A little bit is beyond that, but the majority of it is. There are two local groups, two different bands that seem to have a rivalry against each other.”
A lock down was put in place in the community after shots were fired into a home this morning.
Cobb spoke with Simi Sara about what’s been happening in his community.
Two groups behind numerous incidents
“They’re not an organized gang, but it is two groups that have a vendetta against each other for whatever reason, and they’re playing hell with our community.”
Cobb blames court system
In the last two years there have been two other shootings in the area, and Cobb says it’s the same group behind it.
“The problem is with the court system. These are prolific offenders. They get a slap on the wrist, they get out of court and they go back at it.”
LISTEN: Williams Lake mayor speaking with Simi Sara
Schools will remain closed for the day
At least 8 or 9 schools will remain closed because many of the students rely on school buses to get them to and from the schools.
These schools serve about 3,000 students in the Williams Lake area.
The Superintendent of Schools, Mark Thiessen, confirmed earlier that the emergency situation did not take place on school grounds.
“It is not…no, I can certainly confirm that it’s not an event that’s happened at a school.”
He received word from police to shut down the schools just before 6:00 A.M.