Prince George RCMP are continuing their investigation into a fatal shooting in the city Wednesday.
It’s the second targeted attack in a week with both shooting incidents on Freeman Street and Forest Avenue attributed to the drug trade. Police are now asking anyone with any kind of surveillance to come forward in an effort to prevent violent activity and keep the public safe.
Kevin Creamore with Youth Around Prince George says drugs may lead to gang activity at a young age. “”They don’t have positive relationships with family members because they’re in crime or just didn’t learn a good way of being in society, so kids that come here, we try to teach those skills to them.”
As for the general public, British Columbia’s Solicitor General, Mike Morris, maintains Prince George is safe. “The street level drug dealers is what we’re seeing, targeting one another because they’re interrupting their business line,” Morris said. “People that are engaged in day to day legitimate businesses in Prince George, legitimate activities and what not are in a safe environment.”
The B.C. Government is allocating 60 million dollars per year for anti-gang initiatives along with hiring two prosecutors in hopes of gaining more in depth knowledge of gang members across the province.
For now, RCMP are unable to confirm whether a suspect from Wednesday’s homicide is in custody, but continue to look for answers to keep Prince George safe.