RCMP say a man has been charged in connection to a bizarre shooting spree that took place over several hundred kilometres along British Columbia roads.
Police received numerous reports from truck drivers over an eight-hour period on March 24 that someone in a vehicle with Ontario license plates was shooting at them while driving along Highway 97.
Police say reports were received in areas between Houston and 100 Mile House in the province’s northern and central Interior.
Then on the afternoon of March 25, Mounties say a man was shot near Chilliwack in the Fraser Valley. Police say he managed to escape and found help from nearby Canadian Forces personnel.
Annie Linteau of the RCMP’s Major crime unit says the victim was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.
“Luckily the military personnel were trained in first aid, and provided first aid to the victim who was then airlifted to a Lower Mainland hospital.”
The victim remains in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The shootings prompted an extensive ground and air search, leading to the arrest of a male suspect.
Linteau says the RCMP’s investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
“They’re looking at the suspect’s movements prior to March 24, and possible motivations.”
The unnamed suspect has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. Additional charges are still being considered.
With files from Tristan Martin-Woodhouse