Teens victim of drive-by BB gun shooting

by Phil Ambroziak

When walking the streets of Meadow Lake, the last thing most people expect is to be the target of a drive-by shooting.

That’s what allegedly happened, however, to a group of teens last week. For the most part, the foursome were unscathed, however, because the weapon used in the offence is believed to only have been a BB gun.

“I was walking with three of my friends by the Meadow Lake Aquatic Centre when a red car drove up and someone in the passenger seat started shooting a BB gun at us – at first I didn’t really know what happened because it happened so fast,” claimed 16-year-old Troy Montgrand.

The alleged incident is said to have occurred around 11 p.m. Feb. 19. Montgrand also said he didn’t get a look at the shooter, adding no one was seriously injured.

“My friend Ian was shot in the face, though,” he said. “It gave him a welt on his cheek.”
Shaken up by the incident, the friends began to run toward Montgrand’s sister’s house. She lives in town and, upon arriving home a short time later, she was appalled to hear about what had happened.

“They were quite fortunate they weren’t seriously hurt, but I was really baffled and upset by the news,” noted Amanda Toutsaint.

The vehicle, she added, was southbound on Centre Street at the time of the shooting. She also doesn’t believe her brother and his friends were targeted, noting they likely just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I just find it so disturbing someone would shoot a BB gun at kids just for fun,” she said. “I feel bad for my the boys because now they may not want to go out late at night anymore.”

In the wake of the incident, Toutsaint turned to social media to share the news and to vent her frustrations. According to others who responded to her post, similar incidents have occurred throughout the community as of late. One Facebook user claimed to have had the windows of his car shot out while another noted several vehicles had windows smashed out recently.

Meanwhile, other Facebook users stressed the importance of reporting such crimes to the RCMP. Toutsaint said she did just that after learning of last week’s incident. The police, however, could not provide much in the way of information as of press time.

“There isn’t a lot of information I can share at this time without jeopardizing the investigation,” explained Meadow Lake RCMP Sgt. Darren Harrison. “Some incidents have indeed been reported to us and we’re looking into them. All I can say for sure at this time is the reports we’ve received are similar to in nature to what’s been posted on social media.”

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