Stray bullet has residents on edge
After two separate shootings that were too close to their Coquitlam townhouse complex, residents are worried for their safety.
About four weeks ago, a house adjacent to the complex on Farrow Street was sprayed with bullets.
And on Friday, residents had another scare -- a bullet went through one of the bedroom windows of one unit and into an opposite wall.
"It's scary -- it's so close to home," said resident Matthew Romanelli.
These latest shootings come after a spate of gang violence that has seen at least 30 shootings in the past two months, with 12 dead and 16 wounded.
Friday's shooting was between two groups of men, with as many as a dozen shots being fired. One bullet hit a lamppost -- another pierced the window.
The couple that lives in the apartment, who didn't want to be identified, were in the house at the time.
If the couple had been in another room, they could have been killed, said Romanelli.
"Unfortunately, they don't care who you are now -- if you're caught in the crossfire you'll get taken out as well," he said.
In 2005, a woman was shot in the head while watching TV in her home, when a shootout between suspected gang members sent a stray bullet flying into her Port Moody condo.
Laurie Tinga survived -- and is now suing the people she believes are responsible.
The RCMP have their hands full with the violence, said Cpl. Peter Thiessen.
"We don't have any suspects at this point, we don't know if it's gang-related, or what the dispute was about," he said.
Another resident, Graeme, is sick of the violence.
"That's the part that makes us upset," he said. "It's that it occurs where people live, affecting people that have nothing to do with the petty concerns of the people who are doing this."
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Jon Woodward