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Man in custody after northern B.C. shooting spree

2009 4-door, blue Dodge Caliber with Ontario license plate CAVM918 allegedly used by shooting suspect. (Credit: RCMP)

One man is in custody after a shooting spree along highways in northern B.C.

RCMP say the 38-year-old suspect allegedly shot at passenger and commercial vehicles in numerous communities including, Houston, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Clucuz Lake, Prince George, Quesnel and 100 Mile House.

Police believe the shootings began last Friday (Mar 24) at around 8:30 p.m. and went on for about 8-hours, fortunately, there were no reported injuries.

The suspect was located the next day near Chilliwack after a man was reported shot near Ford Mountain Forest Road around 3:35 p.m.

The 39-year-old shooting victim was able to find help from Canadian Forces personnel working in the area and was airlifted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries

The local Emergency Response Team, as well as police dogs, were immediately dispatched and the suspect was brought into custody at approximately 5:10 p.m. without further incident.

2009 4-door, blue Dodge Caliber with Ontario license plate CAVM918 allegedly used by shooting suspect. (Credit: RCMP)

RCMP Staff Sergeant Annie Linteau says the suspect is facing one count of unlawful possession of a firearm with additional charges being considered.

She says public safety was the number one priority for police and it was fortunate specialized teams were nearby.

S/Sgt Linteau says police are continuing to investigate and asks anyone who may have been a victim to contact the police.

Police are currently looking into the suspect’s movements prior to the shootings and possible motivations.

The suspect is due to appear in court on Wednesday.

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