Multiple people injured in shooting at Saanich, B.C. bank, 2 suspects in custody – BC

Multiple people have been injured following a daylight shooting in Saanich Tuesday.

Police said two suspects are now in custody but officers are searching the area for a possible additional suspect.

Saanich police have confirmed officers responded to a report of armed suspects at a bank in the 3600-block of Shelbourne Street in the community north of Victoria.

There was an exchange of gunfire and multiple people sustained injuries, police said, although the extent of those injuries is not known at this time.

Police are asking everyone in the area of North Dairy Road to Cedar Hill Cross Road and Richmond Road to Cedar Hill Road to shelter in place.

Everyone should stay in their homes in this area, do not go outside.

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Nearby resident Beau Schultz said they were just getting out of the shower when they saw police officers outside their house.

“It started out very simply with just the two cops that I saw,” Schultz, who goes by they/them pronouns, told Global News.

“What I saw next was two people leaving the bank and they were armed and they also, I don’t really know how to describe how they were dressed, but you could tell they were trying to conceal who they were.”

They said that’s when shots started being fired and they saw one of the two people who exited the bank get shot.

“Time is honestly a blur,” Schultz said, adding they saw smoke, people getting hit and dozens and dozens of gunshots.

“It’s all quite overwhelming, honestly.”

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Global News has reached out to Saanich police, BC Emergency Health Services, the Coroner and Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes for further information.

More to come.

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