Inverness County District RCMP is investigating a shot being fired into a vehicle in We'koqma'q First Nation and a break-in to a hardware store in Whycocomagh. The incidents are believed to be related.
On January 25, 2023, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Inverness County District RCMP responded to a report of a gun shots being fired in the area of Dooley's Ln. in We'koqma'q First Nation. A second call was received a few minutes later indicating that a vehicle, which had been travelling through We'koqma'q First Nation on Hwy. 105, had been struck by a bullet. The vehicle was occupied at the time; however, no injuries were reported. The vehicle that was struck is not believed to have been targeted.
We'koqma'q First Nation issued an emergency alert via their Everbridge system to notify residents in the area of the incident. RCMP officers conducted numerous patrols in the area overnight and did not locate the source of the shots. No further reports of shots fired were received beyond the initial call.
At approximately 7:45 a.m., Inverness County District RCMP responded to a report of a break-in to a local hardware store on Hwy. 105 in Whycocomagh that had occurred overnight. RCMP officers learned that ammunition had been taken from the store.
The incidents are believed to be related and the investigation, which is being led by the Richmond/Inverness RCMP Street Crime Enforcement Unit, is ongoing. Inverness County District RCMP, RCMP Forensic Identification Services and the We'koqma'q Chief and Council are assisting with the investigation.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Richmond/Inverness RCMP Street Crime Enforcement Unit at 902-625-2220. If you would like to remain anonymous you can contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). A secure web tip can be submitted at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or use the P3 Tips App.
File #: 2023-111469, 2023-112026