Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP have arrested two young offenders in connection with a report of careless use of a firearm near the community sports fields.
The two male youths, 17 and 18 years of age, are charged in relation to an incident on Monday in the town, where three women out for a walk were startled by what they thought was a bullet that passed by them through the air.
Staff-Sgt. Don Rogers of the RCMP said the co-operation of the public has been very crucial to the investigation. The police received a number of tips from the public that helped to identify the suspects.
A third suspect is reported to be an 18-year-old male.
"Our investigation is continuing and we hope to be able to bring this matter to a speedy conclusion," Rogers said. "Due to the provisions of the Young Offenders Act, the youths cannot be identified. They have been released from custody to their parents. They will be subject to a number of conditions and will be appearing in Youth Court at a later date."
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Goose Bay RCMP at (709) 896-3383 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Women out for a walk startled by gunshot
RCMP investigating report of careless use of firearm
Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP officers are investigating a report of careless use of a firearm near the community sports fields.
The RCMP received a complaint from three women who were walking along the side of Mealy Mountain Collegiate early Monday evening. Around 9:10 p.m., one of the three felt a rush of air go past her, followed by the sound of something hitting the metal siding on the building, like a pellet or gunshot. When they looked around, they say three male youths in the nearby skateboard park.
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According to the RCMP, the three people confronted the youths. Two of them ran from the area but one of them spoke with the women briefly before leaving.
The RCMP responded to the call and has made patrols in the area, but the suspects have not been located.
They are described as being between the ages of 13 and 17 years. One is described as having a thin build with broad shoulders, light brown or blond short hair, similar to a crew cut and carrying a light-coloured backpack.
The second suspect is described as shorter and wearing a dark coat and the third had a brush cut, dark clothing and was riding a red or orange mountain bike.
RCMP Staff-Sgt. Don Rogers said in a news release, he‚Äôs very concerned that there are a number of youths who appear to have been using some kind of firearm or other device.
‚ÄúThis activity is not only illegal, but exceptionally dangerous and we are fortunate to not have had an injury. The fact that this activity occurred in a area frequented by families and is very close to residential homes and pathways is very disturbing,‚ÄĚ he added.
The RCMP is appealing to the youth to turn themselves in and to come forward with an explanation as to what happened. Officers have recovered a number of items that they hope will help in identifying these youth.
The detachment is asking anyone with information on this incident, or who may be able to identify these youths, to contact the Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP at (709) 896-3383 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.