Four men in hospital after shots fired at Abbotsford house party
Published Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:20PM PDT
Last Updated Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:30PM PDT
Four men have been hospitalized after shots were fired at a house party in Abbotsford Friday night.
Police say they were called to the house near the intersection of Peardonville Road and Beaver Street shortly before midnight to find large groups of people leaving the area.
Two men were found with unspecified injuries and police sent them to hospital by ambulance.
Two other men arrived at the hospital at the same time police were arriving at the house. One of the men had gunshot wounds while the other had injuries from blunt force trauma.
Abbotsford Police Sgt. Judy Bird told reporters Saturday that all four men were still in hospital. Three suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the fourth - who had gunshot wounds - was in serious but stable condition.
Bird said the men are considered victims and are cooperating with investigators. Two of them are known to police, she said, but the other two are not.
Police believe the incident was specific to the house party itself, Bird said.
“We do believe it has to do with the dynamics that happened at the house party last night,” she said. “We don’t know if it’s uninvited guests, we don’t know if it’s two groups that clashed with each other.”
The incident led to a huge police presence in the area where the party took place. Bird said Abbotsford police received assistance from Langley, Chilliwack, and Mission RCMP detachments.
Neighbours told CTV News they heard five or six shots, and saw large numbers of people leaving the house. One neighbour saw someone leaving the party carrying a baseball bat, and others said the shots sounded like a shotgun.
Police recovered a firearm a few blocks away from the house, but did not say what type of gun it was.
Neighbours say the house where the party took place is one of the rowdier ones on the block, but hasn’t been a source of excessive noise or disruptions in the past.
“It’s not considered one of our problem residences,” Bird said of the house.
Police are still hoping to speak with many of the witnesses who were present at the time of the incident. Anyone with information about the party or the incident is asked to contact Abbotsford Police.
With files from CTV Vancouver’s Nafeesa Karim and the Canadian Press