NEWS
08/08/2016 11:50 EDT | Updated 08/09/2017 01:12 EDT

Surrey RCMP arrest six males allegedly linked to five months of gun violence

SURREY, B.C. — Six people have been arrested and face firearms charges that the RCMP says are linked to a spate of shootings in Surrey, B.C., over the last five months.

All six males, including a teenager who can't be named, were taken into custody on Friday.

The Mounties say the teenager faces four counts of reckless discharge of a firearm, while two 18-year-olds face single counts of the same charge.

An 18 and 24-year-old are accused of two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm and RCMP assistant commissioner Bill Fordy says the Crown is reviewing evidence against the sixth person.

He says the suspects were tracked after police learned of an plan for a drive-by shooting and intervened before any violence occurred.

Fordy says more charges could be laid and the shootings are not linked to a gang war but are the result of alleged low level drug activity.

"Since March we have made 30 arrests, we have seized 15 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition that we believe are related to the shootings and other criminal activity associated to the shootings," he said at a news conference on Monday.

Fordy says the arrests have prevented further violence from playing out on Surrey's streets.