Chesterville house shooter facing potential charge of ‘possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose under the Criminal Code’

NORTH DUNDAS — Police are seeking further information to aid the ongoing investigation into the drive-by strafing of a College Street home with damaging metal BB’s during the wee hours of Saturday morning in Chesterville.

The OPP confirms it has seen a clip of the affected residents’ surveillance video of the July 27 incident in which a car approaches College Street, via Victoria Street, before passing by the residence around 2 a.m.

“The vehicle slowed and something, possibly a BB gun, was used to cause damage to the side of the house and a parked vehicle,” the provincial police force says in today’s news release. “It’s believed there were two people, a male and a female, in the front seat of the vehicle and possibly a passenger in the back seat wearing an orange sweater. This is similar to an incident that occurred at the same location in April of this year.”

Interviewed by NVN earlier this week, the victims estimated the combined damage of both incidents at $2,500. The latest volley of BB’s — believed to be fired from a gas-cartridge-powered gun — brought the number of bullet-hole-like siding punctures up to about a dozen, cracked an upper storey window and shattered the rear passenger window of their car parked along College Street.

OPP Detective Sergeant Greg Smith said the culprit could be charged under the Criminal Code with a weapons offence. “In order for the BB gun to be deemed a ‘firearm,’ it would depend on the muzzle velocity, which we wouldn’t know until we secure and test the BB gun,” said the officer by email. “However, we would definitely be looking at charges of mischief and possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose under the Criminal Code.”

Police remind the public to forward any information they have to 1-888-310-1122. Those seeking anonymity can go the Crime Stoppers route — at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or on-line at www.tipsubmit.com.  Crime Stoppers does not want your name, you don’t go to court, and you could earn cash reward.

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