Abbotsford Police are trying to determine whether there are any connections between a shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning and one that took place in 2011 in the same area.
Both incidents happened in the 2500 block of Bradner Road. In the latest one, Abbotsford Police received a call at about 2:30 a.m. from a resident who reported hearing several gunshots and the sound of one or two vehicles leaving the area.
Const. Ian MacDonald said police arrived on the scene to find that a 24-year-old man had suffered a gunshot wound to his arm.
MacDonald said the victim had been in a Ford SUV with an unknown number of other people when the vehicle was shot at several times.
He said it does not appear that the group had been at a home in the area, but had met up with other people on or near the roadway.
“What our focus will be is where was the rest of the group and what was the purpose of the gathering at 2:30 in the morning on a rural street.”
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. MacDonald said the man has “very limited previous interaction with police,” and the backgrounds of other people at the scene are still being looked into.
Police cordoned off the road to traffic from just south of Fraser Highway to Simpson Road for several hours while they investigated the incident.
MacDonald said police are considering any possible connections between this shooting and one that occurred in January 2011.
At that time, eight to 12 shots were fired as a 25-year-old woman driving a pickup pulled into a driveway. One shot blew out the back window of the truck, narrowly missing the woman’s head, while another went through the living room window of the house.
Police said two male residents of the home – ages 21 and 27 at the time – were well-known to police. The name of one of those men came up in court proceedings earlier this year for Jarrod Bacon, who was convicted of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and handed a 12-year prison term.
The Crown alleged during the trial that the man, a longtime friend of Bacon’s, was whom Bacon was referring to, on wiretap evidence, when he said he had a funder who could supply up to $3 million to purchase cocaine from Mexico.