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Abbotsford police warn gang tensions could be escalating

03/07/2015 07:30 EST | Updated 05/07/2015 05:59 EDT
Abbotsford police are worried two recent incidents in as many weeks, both involving gunfire, could be a sign of increasing gang activity in the area.

"We certainly are at a period where there could be escalating tensions and that can equate to diminished public safety," said Constable Ian MacDonald in an interview Saturday.

The first incident took place around 2 a.m. PT of Feb. 22 in the 2300-block of Holly Street.

One man was stabbed and another was shot. Both were taken to hospital with serious injuries. Police said both men knew each other. 

On ​March 2 at 9:30 p.m. PT in the 31400-block of Southern Drive, multiple shots were fired but no one was hit.

"They only struck a house, a vehicle and a tree, which considering that this is a residential area is very fortunate," said MacDonald.

Police said the house struck is the home of a known South Asian gang member.

MacDonald said the first step towards curbing gang violence is making parents of young gang members aware of what is going on.

"A surprising number of these young men actually live in the family home still, and so we obviously need the involvement of the community," he said. 

"We need the involvement of parents. If anyone sees anything suspicious, they need to report it."

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