Abbotsford Police investigate drive-by shooting on Sandpiper Drive

Vehicle in driveway was hit with several bullets on Thursday night

Abbotsford Police were on the scene Thursday night of a drive-by shooting in the 30500 block of Sandpiper Drive.

Abbotsford Police were on the scene Thursday night of a drive-by shooting in the 30500 block of Sandpiper Drive.

Abbotsford Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that took place Thursday night in the 30500 block of Sandpiper Drive.

Police were called to the scene – located just east of Mt. Lehman Road – at 7:40 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired.

Officers who arrived on the scene discovered that a 2013 Volkswagen in the driveway of a residence had been struck with several bullets. No one was injured.

Const. Ian MacDonald said there are people in the home who are “well-known to police and have had negative contacts with them.”

He said the residents are not co-operating with police, leaving investigators to rely on witness details and review video footage to determine who might be behind the shooting.

At this point, police have not received an accurate description of the possible shooters or the vehicle they were in.

MacDonald said investigators are “definitely looking at the possibility” that the incident is connected to the ongoing Townline Hill conflict that has been occurring in west Abbotsford for over a year.

The conflict involves two groups of young men and has involved incidents of mischief, assault, vandalism and arson.

In recent months, the dispute has escalated to include several shootings.

Last October, 18-year-old Harwin Baringh was fatally shot while in his vehicle on Sparrow Drive – located in the vicinity of the latest shooting – but police have not confirmed whether his murder is related to the conflict.

None of the other shootings have resulted in fatalities and there were injuries in only one other case – an incident on Feb. 22 in the 2300 block of Holly Street in which two men were involved in an altercation resulting in one being shot and the other being stabbed.

The most recent shooting, prior to the one last night, was on July 18 at a home in the 31400 block of Blueridge Drive.

In that incident, five bullets hit a home, and a young man who lives in the residence was identified as having had previous interactions with police.

The Abbotsford Police Department is asking anyone with information about last night’s shooting to call them at 604-859-5225, text abbypd (222973) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.