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One charged after weekend shooting at Squamish Nation community of X̱wemelch’stn

A Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) member was injured in an early morning shooting at X̱wemelch’stn Saturday (May 14).
West Vancouver police
A shooting at the Squamish Nation community of X̱wemelch’stn (Capilano 5 reserve) has sent one person to hospital. Three people were arrested shortly after in the early morning of Saturday, May 14, 2022.

One person has been charged after a weekend shooting injured one person at X̱wemelch’stn (Capilano 5 reserve) early Saturday (May 14) morning.

In a statement, West Vancouver Police Department confirmed three people were initially arrested in Vancouver shortly after the shooting, which occurred in the 200 block of Ikwikws Road.

Harry William Nahanee, 33, has been charged with one count of discharging a firearm with intent to wound and one count of possession of a loaded firearm without authorization. Nahanee has been remanded in custody pending a bail hearing on May 19.

A North Vancouver woman was released under conditions relating to a firearms offence, and a third person was released without charges. West Van police say Nahanee and the victim are known to each other, and there is no continuing threat to the safety of the community.

The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) confirmed the person injured was a Nation member.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at hospital; however, their current condition is unknown.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our injured member and his family, as well as other Nation members who have been affected by this incident,” Nation spokesperson Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn) said in a statement.

Nation members who may need assistance can contact Yuustway Health & Wellness’ Glenda Gibbons at 604-363-9226 or Brittany Cowen at 780-512-9478.

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Vancouver police at 604-925-7300 and quote file 2022-5151.

"The West Vancouver Police continue to investigate this offence and are working closely with the Squamish Nation regarding the safety of the community," West Van police said in a statement.

Charlie Carey is the North Shore News' Indigenous and civic affairs reporter. This reporting beat is made possible by the Local Journalism Initiative.

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