Police were on the scene of a shooting in the area of Beaver Street and Seal Way on March 17, 2017. A man has now pleaded guilty to two charges in relation to the incident. (Kevin MacDonald file photo)

Police were on the scene of a shooting in the area of Beaver Street and Seal Way on March 17, 2017. A man has now pleaded guilty to two charges in relation to the incident. (Kevin MacDonald file photo)

Man pleads guilty to 2017 house-party shooting in Abbotsford

Stephen Tomac’s sentencing hearing scheduled for October

A man has pleaded guilty to two charges in relation to an Abbotsford house party in 2017 in which shots were fired and four people were injured.

Stephen Tomac, 28, entered the guilty pleas on Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in Chilliwack to one count of aggravated assault and one count of using a firearm to commit an offence.

Four other charges – two more counts of aggravated assault and one count each of unlawfully discharging a firearm and possessing a firearm without a licence – are expected to be stayed at sentencing.

Tomac’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 28 in Chilliwack.

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The charges stem from an incident on March 17, 2017, when police were called to the area of Beaver Street and Seal Way.

Police who arrived found two men in their early 20s both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital.

Two other men – also in their early 20s – also arrived at the hospital. One had gunshot wounds and the other sustained injuries related to blunt-force trauma.

A police dog unit was brought to the scene and a firearm was located, although police haven’t revealed the make of the weapon.

All the people involved were believed to have been attending a large house party nearby on Peardonville Road prior to the attack.

The exact circumstances that led to the assaults have not been released.

A woman – Claudette Marsh, 20 – was charged at the same time as Tomac with one count of aggravated assault.

Marsh pleaded guilty in June 2018 to the lesser charge of assault causing bodily harm and received a 6.5-month conditional sentence, followed by one year of probation.



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