Update: Police identify owner of suspect car in shots-fired incident

The registered owner of a car that was reported to have had shots fired from it on Thursday afternoon is known to police, according to Const. Ian MacDonald.

Abbotsford Police consult with staff at Rick Hanson Secondary this afternoon (Thursday) following a report of shots fired in the neighbourhood.

Abbotsford Police consult with staff at Rick Hanson Secondary this afternoon (Thursday) following a report of shots fired in the neighbourhood.

The registered owner of a car that was reported to have had shots fired from it on Thursday afternoon is known to police, according to Const. Ian MacDonald.

He said police are still trying to track down the individual for questioning.

“If there is a firearm involved, we’d like to get that off the street.”

The incident resulted in five schools – Rick Hansen Secondary, Eugene Reimer Middle, and Blue Jay, Dave Kandal and Harry Sayers elementaries – being locked down for about an hour, ending at 1:05 p.m.

At 11:20 a.m,  a group of high school students on their lunch break saw a grey Honda Accord turn west at the intersection of Blueridge and Townline roads.

They heard what they thought were gunshots coming from the vehicle and made note of the licence plate, MacDonald said. School staff were notified, and contacted police, who advised that precautionary measures be put in place.

“A decision was made to put five schools in the area into lock-down in the early stages of this investigation to best ensure the safety of students and staff,” MacDonald said.

Police have not been able to confirm whether the sound heard by the students was gunfire or some other noise, but he praised the teens for their actions.

“They did the right thing by reporting it.”

Police are continuing to investigate and are asking for anyone with information to call 604-859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.