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HomeBusinessExclusive: Transit Police investigate attacks on bus windows in Downtown Eastside

Exclusive: Transit Police investigate attacks on bus windows in Downtown Eastside

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Bob Mackin 

Bus drivers on routes through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are facing another challenge to their safety.

A Coast Mountain Bus window shattered by an apparent pellet gun shot on the Downtown Eastside.

A source told theBreaker.news that there were 22 cases of projectiles striking Coast Mountain bus windows on East Hastings, between Main and Cambie streets, from Jan. 19-23.

Some of the windows were shattered and the buses taken out of service. A driver, who asked not to be named, said the weapon was a pellet gun. 

Transit Police Const. Amanda Steed said officers are investigating multiple incidents of mischief-caused broken bus windows. 

“Early investigation indicates that low impact force was used in each occurrence, causing damage to the bus exterior,” Steed said in a prepared statement. “At this stage, there is no indication that the windows were broken by any form of firearm and the incidents are occurring in an isolated area.”

A Coast Mountain Bus window shattered by an apparent pellet gun shot on the Downtown Eastside.

Nobody has been arrested and a suspect has not been identified, Steed said

“We understand how concerning this may be for those using Transit, specifically travelling on a bus, but our investigation to date has not suggested the public are at risk and there have been no reported injuries,” Steed said. 

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