One man arrested in Sooke shooting; police still searching for 2 other suspects

One man has been arrested following a massive manhunt on Vancouver Island after two people were shot in Sooke on Tuesday night.

Police located and seized a grey sedan, which was reported stolen and believed to have been used in the shooting, in Langford on Wednesday. Police arrested one man at the scene and he will be going in front of the Judicial Justice of the Peace on Thursday afternoon.

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Police are still looking for two other suspects involved in the shooting. Investigators are focusing their search for Josh Lafleur, who police say is the suspected shooter and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees Lafleur should not approach but call 911.

A third suspect in the shooting has been identified but not arrested by police. Names are being withheld until charges are laid.

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait said it was a targeted attack and everyone involved is known to police.

The shooting happened at 9 p.m. near the end of Ella Road in Sooke. The two victims were found by the side of the road. They were rushed to hospital, where they remain.

Reports say the shooter was in the backseat of the car but police have yet to confirm that detail.

Residents in the area are shocked by what happened.

“For Sooke, yes this is a surprise,” said one neighbour. “It’s a very quiet area. I mean, it’s a dead-end street. And we all know the neighbours so this is a bit of a surprise.”

Sooke RCMP are asking the public to be on the look out for this vehicle – if seen please call 911, and do not approach the subjects. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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