The Fort St. John RCMP has released more information on Monday’s early-morning shooting.
To begin with, RCMP Constable Jackelynn Passarell confirms the male victim is in stable condition, in an undisclosed hospital. He is being treated for gunshot wounds to his upper body. [asset|aid=1794|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f3e894b092aa8fa97166e4b47d79de8d-Passarell-VictimLocation_1_Pub.mp3]
RCMP do believe those involved in the shooting are somehow involved in the drug trade. But, Constable Passarell admits the force is having a hard time with that part of the investigation, with some interviewees deliberately misleading investigators. [asset|aid=1795|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f3e894b092aa8fa97166e4b47d79de8d-Passarell-interviews_1_Pub.mp3]
Police do believe the shooting took place on a roadway, within the area that was cordoned off on Monday (at 98th avenue between 96th and 95th street, north to the alley between 99th and 100th avenue). But, Passarell says the exact location can’t be released until more interviews are complete.
They do not believe it was a drive-by shooting. Rather, the suspect arrived at or left the scene in a vehicle. Unfortunately, investigators have received mixed descriptions of that vehicle, meaning police cannot release a description to the public. Constable Passarell says she can’t comment at this time on what type of firearm was used in shooting.
As far as informing the public goes, Constable Passarell says the detachment’s top priority has been determining what happened. She says investigators have been extremely busy interviewing the public, but that police still don’t entirely know what happened, and so don’t want to release information that could be considered speculative. [asset|aid=1796|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f3e894b092aa8fa97166e4b47d79de8d-Passarell-public_1_Pub.mp3]