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#9481 Mike K.

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Posted Today, 08:21 AM

Yup, that’s pretty much bang on during the 90’s, too.

There are more users on the streets now, but Victoria was of course far smaller back then and far fewer people lived downtown.

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#9482 Mike K.

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Posted Today, 09:01 AM

West Shore RCMP are on-scene at Admirals and Craigflower following a pellet gun shooting directed at a BC Transit bus. At this time it is not believed any pellets entered the bus, and there are no injuries.

 

As some of you may recall several years ago there were several incidents of pellet gun shootings along Sooke Road that were targeting the #61 bus. In at least one case a pellet gun shattered a bus window.


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#9483 jonny

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Posted Today, 09:12 AM

To be fair, when I was growing up in Victoria in the 80s, those things were prevalent on downtown streets.  Oh, the joys of walking Douglas from the bus stop at City Hall ("Bud? Bud?"), past Pandora ("Down? Down?") over to Yates ("Up? Up?").  This has always been here.  The main difference right now is that development has taken away most of the places it was hidden, and forced it out into the open.

 

This all used to be happening in the darkness under the Johnson bridge, in the brush on the Songhees, in the various low-rent and seedy motels, and in the nigh-condemned squats.  But those are nearly all gone now, so its all out in the open.

 

I would argue that a part of the picture now is that it is more acceptable to be an addict. We have more compassion and tolerance than we did back then. The cops don't chase away these people will billy clubs, anymore. In fact, the government has provided them will free housing smack dab in the middle of busy areas. 

 

Could you imagine if a pack of drug addict anarchists took over a park in the 60's or 70's? The cops would've made sure their heads were caved in. 



#9484 Mike K.

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Posted Today, 12:34 PM

West Shore RCMP are on-scene at Admirals and Craigflower following a pellet gun shooting directed at a BC Transit bus. At this time it is not believed any pellets entered the bus, and there are no injuries.

 

As some of you may recall several years ago there were several incidents of pellet gun shootings along Sooke Road that were targeting the #61 bus. In at least one case a pellet gun shattered a bus window.

 

West Shore RCMP now say two panes of glass were shattered. They are no longer referring to the incident as having been caused by a pellet gun, and say they were shattered "by an object."


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#9485 Rob Randall

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Posted Today, 12:52 PM

So it was an "object". Possibly a pellet gun, or it could have been a pebble thrown up by a tire. Or something thrown by a vandal. Or a meteorite. Our reporters will bring you further news as boredom develops.


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#9486 Mike K.

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Posted Today, 12:58 PM

Reporters have so far been pushing West Shore RCMP's pellet gun theory. Not sure if they'll throw more resources at this one, unless they get another press release.


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#9487 Rob Randall

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Posted Today, 01:01 PM

That's the problem with our obsession with "breaking news" micro-scoops. Everyone freaks out on Facebook and Twitter about a sniper on the loose when a little bit of investigation reveals the real culprit is a pebble that fell off a dump truck.


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#9488 Mike K.

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Posted Today, 01:03 PM

You mean, that's the problem when West Shore RCMP releases a statement stating a BC Transit bus has been shot at by a pellet gun.


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#9489 VicHockeyFan

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Posted Today, 01:05 PM

And then appear on a CFAX talk show prior to even analyzing the video surveillance that they agree they have.
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#9490 Rob Randall

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Posted Today, 01:08 PM

"And we're back with Joe Easingwood who's going to have a discussion of some breaking news. Joe?"

"That's right, Terry; seems there's some snapper on the loose, and I gotta tell you, the current Joe's Notebook has a great snapper recipe..."

"Sorry to break in, Joe, but that's sniper".


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#9491 Mike K.

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Posted Today, 01:09 PM

Luckily RCMP are "receiving great cooperation from the public" on this one. West Shore RCMP also "continue to investigate and ask the public for help."


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#9492 Bingo

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Posted Today, 04:55 PM

West Shore RCMP are on-scene at Admirals and Craigflower following a pellet gun shooting directed at a BC Transit bus. At this time it is not believed any pellets entered the bus, and there are no injuries.

 

 

They have have a search party out looking for the projectile so that they can run ballistics tests. The bus is probably in the forensics lab so that they can determine the trajectory of the object and then they will go back to the scene and recreate the event, only to find out that the object came from the grassy knoll.


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#9493 Mike K.

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Posted Today, 05:08 PM

So you're saying there may have been two shooters?


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#9494 Bingo

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Posted Today, 05:29 PM

So you're saying there may have been two shooters.

 

 

That would mean conspiracy....so yeah, two or three which includes the patsy.


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