Neighbours alarmed after home riddled with bullets

This home on Wilson Court in the East Richmond community of Hamilton was riddled with eight bullets during a drive-by shooting Monday around 8 p.m. - Martin van den Hemel photo
This home on Wilson Court in the East Richmond community of Hamilton was riddled with eight bullets during a drive-by shooting Monday around 8 p.m.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

A five-bedroom, three-bathroom Wilson Court home in East Richmond, currently listed for sale at $728,900 now sports new features.

Eight bullet holes at the front of the house, including five in the garage door, and three in the surrounding wall, came courtesy a drive-by shooting Monday night around 8:20 p.m., frightening and worrying neighbours and prompting a strong police response.

"It was so loud," said one neighbour, who happened to be asleep in bed when the sound of shots rang out.

She heard six gunshots in rapid succession, and then nothing.

"I thought it was firecrackers," she said, adding that she soon realized that it wasn't a holiday.

She noted the residential neighbourhood is filled with young families and children.

"This is a really quiet area, no violence or nothing," she said. "Of course I was (scared)."

One neighbour pondered why the house was targetted: "Maybe that's why they're selling."

Another neighbour was home with her mom when she heard what she said was three shots.

"I was scared. My mom thought it was firecrackers," she said, adding that her mom looked outside, but didn't see anything.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said police responded to a report of multiple shots fired on Wilson Court around 8:20 p.m.

"There were non injuries to the occupants of the residence."

Judging from the location of the bullet holes, the shots weren't intended to kill, but instead send a message. If the shooter had intended to hurt someone, they could have fired at the bedrooms above the garage, or the living room to the side of the front door. Instead, all the shots were in the general direction of the garage door or the garage wall.

Turley said the occupants of the home are known to police, but it's unclear why this shooting occurred.

"At this point of the investigation there are no suspects and it's too early to say whether or not this incident is gang related," Turley said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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