Bob Hutchinson was watching television in his apartment at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26 when a loud bang made him jump to his feet.
Hutchinson, who lives on the first floor of his apartment building on Government Street, discovered that some sort of a projectile went through his double-pane sliding door that leads onto his deck, completely shattering the glass.
Lyn Merryfeather, the strata president of the building who is speaking for Hutchinson, said it appeared that the projectile was probably a pellet, BB or small-range bullet, but no remains of the projectile have been found to date.
“Bob looked out the window to see if he could see anybody who might have fired the projectile, but he didn’t see anything,” Merryfeather said.
“It is unclear if it came from the ground, or if it was from the same level across the street.”
Merryfeather said the RCMP were called and a police file started on the incident, although officers have yet to visit Hutchinson’s apartment.
RCMP Sgt. Chris Manseau said it’s suspected that the damage to the patio window was caused by a pellet from a pellet gun, even though no projectile was located.
He said there were no witnesses and no security cameras in the area where it’s believed the shot came from, so there are no suspects at this time.
Manseau encouraged anyone with information on the incident to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment.
“We’re monitoring our files to see if there have been any other reports of someone misusing a pellet gun,” he said.
“Pellet guns are not considered firearms because the pellets aren’t fast enough but, on the flip side, if you carry a pellet gun in public, you will likely get a response from police who don’t know your intent, or if it’s a real gun. As well, if a pellet gun is used in the commission of an offence, it is then considered a firearm. People with pellet guns should know the rules around them.”