Police have fanned out across Greater Victoria in a massive search for the 23-year-old man suspected of wounding a doorman in a drive-by shooting at a downtown nightclub.
Investigators obtained a warrant for Dennis Grant Fletcher on an attempted murder charge and told people to keep their distance if they crossed paths with the suspect.
“Do not approach him at all,” Victoria police Const. Mike Russell said. “Call 911 immediately if you see him. We are considering him armed and dangerous.
“We believe he does have access to more firearms.”
Fletcher also faces charges of discharging a firearm with intent to wound, uttering threats and careless use of a firearm.
The manhunt began early Monday after a man sprayed Club 9one9 with bullets, hitting 25-year-old doorman Michael Mizerski in the leg. He was released from hospital later that day.
Police chased a car matching the description of the shooter’s vehicle and found it abandoned outside a residence at Shelbourne and Ryan Streets in Saanich.
Investigators recovered a firearm believed to have been used in the shooting, and arrested a female suspect in the area.
Whitney Rae Furber remains in custody on one charge of attempted murder as well as firearms and careless driving offences.
Later that day, police surrounded the Macaulay East Apartments on Esquimalt Road for 14 hours. Officers evacuated nearby suites and called in a negotiator, but when they finally entered an apartment where they believed Fletcher might be, just after midnight, the suspect was nowhere to be found.
“We never had 100 per cent confirmation he was there, but we had to take every precaution,” Russell said.
He said investigators remained confident Tuesday that Fletcher was still on Vancouver Island.
“Now it’s just turning up the heat and flushing him out from wherever he is.”
To that end, police released Fletcher’s name and photograph at mid-day in hopes of eliciting tips from the public. The suspect, who is known to police, was described as five feet, seven inches tall and 130 pounds with hazel eyes, brown hair and a small scar on his chin.
Russell said officers from across the department are working the case, including members of the strike force, emergency response team, identification units as well as patrol and detective squads. Saanich and Oak Bay police departments are also assisting.
Russell said police are checking all tips, including a Facebook site possibly linked to the suspect. A posting on the site Tuesday stated: “All day and all night, I’m still ganna play and I’m still ganna fight!”
“We will catch him,” Russell said. “It’s by far our highest priority and we have pretty much every officer in the CRD memorizing this guy’s face and we’re all out looking for him.
“We’re going to get him. It’s just a matter of time.”
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