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Gunfire incident wasn’t random, RCMP say

Whitehorse RCMP are investigating after shots were fired at a house in Whitehorse while a young child was inside.

By Ashley Joannou on February 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Whitehorse RCMP are investigating after shots were fired at a house in Whitehorse while a young child was inside.

The drive-by shooting occurred at around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Shots were fired into a house on a side street off Range Road. Investigators are not releasing the exact address.

There were three occupants in the residence at the time of the shooting: two adults and one preschooler, but no one was injured.

Whitehorse RCMP Sgt. Don Rogers said today that police do not believe this was a random incident.

“It is believed that the suspects are known to one of the victims. We are utilizing all available resources to bring this investigation to a speedy and successful conclusion,” Rogers said.

The shooting is being investigated by members of the Whitehorse detachment general investigations section, the forensic identification team, Whitehorse detachment and others.

Very few details are being released about the incident.

Police are not saying what type of weapon was used nor how many bullets struck the home.

Rogers said it is too early in the investigation to discuss what may have led to the shooting.

The RCMP are actively seeking a number of suspects who are believed to be involved in the shooting, Rogers said, but are not releasing any names or descriptions.

Anyone with more information on the incident is being asked to call police at (867) 667-5555.

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Feb 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Whitehorse is just getting better and better.


Feb 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

Its the cocaine dealers usually from surrey. heard they were brandishing weapons at the bars downtown this past weekend for Rendezvous. why aren’t they being looked at. where were all the police anyways this weekend. didn’t see a single one not even a cruiser? whats up with that?

Josey Wales

Feb 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

Hmmm…I bet by this summer it will feel like we live in Regina, Saskatoon…or Winnipeg.
Whitehorse has been working real hard at devolving into sty’s such as those.

Really folks today’s paper ALL the headlines revolve around what I presume to be booze drugs and violent criminals?

how many dead folks in the Sally Anne area should we tolerate before that enabling and breeding ground for chronic problems in our city…is moved..closed…or POLICED?

I for one am sick of this slide to the pigsty Whitehorse IS on currently.
Why should an entire town accommodate/tolerate such sloth like lawlessness?

Has anybody EVER been downtown and NOT dealt with these issues?

looking real forward (not) to seeing all the “regulars” staggering around the wharf….more broken booze vessels littering our parks and pathways around this new Regina.
Watching officials do nothing as per.

I guess we have to now perhaps start shooting back…when shot upon…in defense of ones self?
Certainly everybody involved in today’s headlines is/has been a frequent flyer to our kangaroo courts?

Man do I ever miss Whitehorse…anyone else?


Feb 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Maybe it’s just me but reading the comments here makes me wonder.  Perhaps there is something about this incident that I don’t know and the other readers are in the know about it, but assuming this is the work of drug dealers or blaming this on drunks, drug addicts, the homeless, those who frequent the Salvation Army is premature.  Sounds more to me like a po’d spouse taking shots at an ex…but whatever the case I think I’ll wait for more information before laying blame.

Brice Carruthers

Feb 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Hey JaymanC.  I saw the same group of Surrey drug dealers pull up to Tags at 2:30 am on Saturday night.  They usually drive white rental vehicles.  There were six of them in a GMC Yukon. 


Feb 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Wonder why the police don’t go and bust all the drug dealers that hang around the 98 Hotel? Drugs flow freely there, everyone knows that.


Feb 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

jay, not sure where you were looking but downtown and riverdale was stacked with mounties.

I still scratch my head as to why drug dealers come to the yukon, we are small and if you sell drugs here, people talk and it always gets back to the rcmp.


Feb 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I agree that whitehorse is becoming a breeding ground for heavy drug dealers and criminals who find us easy prey with our soft judicial system and even softer police force.
At any given time I can point out a 1/2 dozen houses where I know hard drugs are being sold (cocaine), and another 1/2 dozen people in the bar who are selling them, and I am not a user or associate with users. So why is it so impossible for officers to make arrests? Don’t we have a drug task force dedicated solely on irradicating illegal drugs? (And i’m not talking about the marijuana busts the cops are so proud of, that was time and money wasted, no violent crime stemmed from marijuana use.)
The only significant act that resulted in a reduction in violent criminals and drugs in this town was when a group of brave vigilanties stood up outside the capital and forced these dealers out. Well done! But that was 6 years ago!!
Come on RCMP, we have the balls but not power of the law on our side, you have both, so use them, and make this place the way it used to be. What ever happened to the SCAN program?


Feb 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I don’t agree with Josey Wales about blaming the people who frequent the Sally Anne. That is not a crime related problem. These people need help beyond better policing. They need social assistance, detox, counseling and other services.
If you are a true Yukoner you would know that Whitehorse has always had alcoholism, and it has no relation to the increase in violent crimes and drugs in our city.


Feb 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

JDangles I agree one hundred and ten percent..I was born and raised in Whitehorse and am currently living in Vancouver for the past 7 years..I have seen people devastated by alcoholism my whole life up in the Yukon, Instead of treatment, proper counseling they are turned away, shut out and JUDGED BY PEOPLE LIKE JOSEY WALES!! The wanna be gangsters that come to sell small bags of cocaine to people in the bars, the browns from Surrey are whats bringing Whitehorse into the ditch.

Tom Stevens

Feb 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Josey..you called it….Whitehorse is just a town full of drugs, alcohol and systemic failures. What may have been attractive and cute about Whitehorse is long gone…it is dirty, contaminated and the Police have failed….nothing but downhill from here…

Michael Tillmann

Feb 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm


I would agree, it’s not fair to just fire a criticism at disorder/crime around the Sally Anne in a story that is to do with a drive-by shooting.  There’s not any evidence that the two are connected.

However, I disagree where you say that the problems of alcoholism and drug trafficking aren’t linked at all.  They are two sides of the same coin: addiction.  Whitehorse has a big problem with addictions, whether it be alcohol or other drugs, and crime is caused by both.  In fact, more crime is caused by alcohol abuse than any other drug.


Feb 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

We don’t have a police force in Whitehorse!! Never has a murder been solved only when there is witnesses or they turn themselves in. I can buy drugs from a dozen places in this town that I know of and I’m not in the drug scene. Are the police that blind!! Maybe they should start earning their paychecks and start protecting the people from gun carrying people and such.!!! Waste of payroll!!!!! No excuse for this!!!


Feb 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Well it’ll be just a matter of time before people start policing it themselves. This is B.S. And I for one won’t stand for it.  Its up to the people too, we must stand up for our safety in our community.


Mar 1, 2012 at 9:11 am

I find it really quite entertaining to read all the comments posted under an article such as this one.  All the police have to say is this was not a random incident! Ok fair enough, so JaymanC and Brice Carruthers, lets automatically post blame on drug dealers from BC.  This is sad! How can you confirm these ‘drug dealers’ from Surrey are indeed what you say they are?
Everyone knows Rendezvous in the Yukon and people come up from all over Canada to celebrate. 
If you guys are so sure you can put the blame on these people, maybe your in the wrong line of work! Why don’t you go work for the so called RCMP??
Putting blame on people, because of assumption is pathetic!


Mar 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I disagree that the rcmp are doing nothing to combat drugs and crime, however i do feel that they are frustrated.
Stake outs happen, undercover work, etc..
But i do agree with the above, why in the heck would dealers come here, the Yukon is very small. guess there wanting to be caught.


Mar 2, 2012 at 8:19 am

@ anonymous Read what you just wrote again, give your head a shake. Whitehorse is small so everyone knows everyone. The house that was shot at, who lives there? And what was his/her profession? What did they do to get their house shot at? So answer these questions and you’ll have your confirmation. You don’t need to be a police officer to put 2 and 2 together. Ya and everyone that comes to rendezvous from out of town brings guns to shoot at other houses. Did you read your comment before posting it? LOL

john jack

Mar 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

JENN Wake up. I could bust 20 people to-day without any trouble. So where are the police you say are combating The drug dealers? Nice try!!!


Mar 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

JohnJack:  I guess you could “bust” 20 people today but your challenge would be convicting them and getting a punishment that would fit the crime.

pay attention

Mar 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

John Jack - weren’t you reading all of the other articles in the news? The police were catching all the DRUNK DRIVERS. They can’t be everywhere!


Mar 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Why do they come to whitehorse to sell drugs?? Really?.....because Whitehorse has a voracious drug appetite…and it is most certainly not all that hang at the Salvation Army and no….they do not get caught!

Michael Tillmann

Mar 3, 2012 at 12:20 am

john jack: Knowing who is guilty, and having a case that the courts will accept and use to convict someone aren’t always the same thing.  There are all sorts of hoops you have to jump through to have a case that will stand up legally, even if, in your heart of hearts, you know who is guilty.

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