The recent streak of drug-related violence continues to climb as police were called to two more incidents of gunplay on Sept. 21 followed by an act of arson on Sept. 22.
Police are attributing the incidents dating back to early last week to targeted attacks carried out by two rival groups involved in the drug trade.
"All persons associated to either of these groups are at an increased risk to harm," RCMP said. "The Prince George RCMP have allocated considerable resources to stopping this dispute and keeping this community and its residents safe."
Just after 2 a.m. on Sept. 21, RCMP were called to a report of a 23-year-old woman in the driveway of a 2600-block Norwood Street home suffering from a gunshot wound. Investigators determined that the shooting likely took place in the 2800-block of Oak Street, about three blocks away.
The wound is not life threatening and the investigation is continuing.
Just before 11 p.m. on Sept. 21, RCMP were called to Bellos Street where they found gun-related damage to a home. No injuries were reported.
Meanwhile, arson is the suspected cause of a fire that broke out at a 4400-block First Avenue home at about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 22.
The home's two adult occupants and their pets escaped without injury and most of the damage was to the front of the house.
The incidents come after a home on McIntyre Crescent was the target of gunfire early morning Sept. 15 followed by another shots fired incident involving a 400-block Quinn Street home on the night of Sept. 17 and then one at a 1100-block Vancouver Street home on Sept. 18.
"A common factor in each of these investigations is that the persons being targeted are not cooperative with police," RCMP said.
RCMP said the incident on Upland Street early morning last Thursday that left a man with a gunshot wound is not related to the others.
RCMP are also asking gun owners to be sure their firearms are secure, saying the incidents usually involve stolen firearms. Indeed, police asked they go a step further and conceal the locations of their gun safes to lessen the chances of thefts.
Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince George Citizen