Surrey RCMP say they responded to more “shots fired” calls over the last two years than what was reported in the media.
Surrey RCMP spokesperson Corporal Scotty Schumann says there were actually 35 more shots-fired reports investigated over the last two years than what was initially reported in the news.
He says in 2015 there were 88 “shots fired” complaints made to the RCMP; in 2016 there were 61.
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Schumann says not all “shots fired” are publicly reported.
“If we reported out on every single matter, then after a while they might not be of interest to people and they might not pay attention when we really need help from the public to solve our investigations, or to warn people about their safety.”
He says the calls for “shots fired” sometimes have an immediate connotation to the public that doesn’t always ring true.
“Some of the shots fired complaints that we get are not what people would just assume are drug related or gang related.”
So far this year there have been two shootings in Surrey.