Suspect on the loose after Victoria drive-by shooting
Victoria police say Dennis Fletcher faces attempted murder charges in connection with a drive-by shooting at a nightclub early Monday morning. Feb. 25, 2013. (Handout)
Published Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:49PM PST
A 23-year-old suspect authorities believe was behind a drive-by shooting at a downtown Victoria nightclub Monday remains on the loose, and police warn that he may be armed and dangerous.
Dennis Fletcher is accused of opening fire in the 900-block of Douglas Street at around 1 a.m., hitting one victim who was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Police issued a warrant for Fletcher’s arrest Tuesday and urged the public not to approach him but to call 911 immediately if he’s spotted.
“Locating Mr. Fletcher is our top priority,” Staff Sgt. Scott McGregor said in a statement. “We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of the public and our officers during this investigation.”
Shortly after the shooting, police located a car matching the suspect vehicle description a few kilometres from the scene. A woman believed to be Fletcher’s accomplice, Whitney Furber, was arrested and officers retrieved a gun believed to be the shooting weapon.
Both suspects are facing attempted murder charges.
Police have not revealed any details about the victim, or whether the shooting may have been gang-related.
Anyone with information on Fletcher’s whereabouts is asked to call the Victoria Police Department at 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if they wish to remain anonymous.