UPDATE (Jan.19): Abbotsford investigators have obtained CCTV footage from the surrounding area of Ridgeview Drive and are looking to identify two vehicles and their occupants seen in the area at the time of the shooting.
It is unknown at this time if the occupants were involved, but it is believed that they may be able to provide important information.
Abbotsford Police are raising the alarm after two shooting incidents that took place within three hours of each other last night and into early Monday morning.
The first incident took place Sunday evening around 9:40 p.m. It was reported shots were fired between two cars at the intersection of Salton Road and Fern Street.
Investigators found shell casings on the roadway, but no evidence of cars or homes struck by bullets. No victims were located.
Just three hours later, at 12:13 a.m., officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 31500-block of Ridgeview Drive.
Police say a home in the area was struck by bullets. It does not look like anyone was hurt in that case either. But neighbours reported hearing a car speeding from the residential street after the sound of gunfire.
Abbotsford police say they can’t exclude the possibility that this shooting incident is related to other recent events.
Police are extremely concerned about potential escalating tensions and the threats to public safety that this incident could represent.
The violence comes on the heels of a 74-year-old bystander getting killed by a stray bullet in a targeted shooting last September. The man, according to police, was the unintended victim of an ongoing feud between two rival gangs. No arrests were made in the case, leaving the community in fear.
Abbotsford Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the two most recent incidents to contact them or call Crime Stoppers.
With files from Paula Baker