Woman, children flee after gun fired in Nanaimo home

Woman and two children safe, one man arrested and later released according to RCMP

A woman and two children are safe after fleeing a central Nanaimo home where a gun shot was fired early yesterday.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, officers responded to a home on Woodlands Street, in the hospital district, on Thursday, after receiving multiple 911 calls from nearby residents who claimed they heard a gun shot at around 12:30 a.m.

Police say they attended the scene, but could not find the address of the home until a woman phoned their communication centre and reported that she was inside the home with two small children at the time of the shot fired, but had since fled the scene.

The woman and her two children were unhurt and were in another location, according to the RCMP, who were eventually able to locate the home on Woodlands Street.

Officers then arrested a male suspect outside the home, without incident, for allegedly discharging a firearm. He was held in custody overnight and released without charges Thursday morning, pending further investigation according to RCMP.

After entering the home, RCMP found a one shotgun and two rifles, along with cannabis and a “white powdery substance.”

Due to the incident involving a firearm and children, the Ministry of Children and Family Development were contacted and will be conducting their own investigation according to RCMP.


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