Two people were arrested after a man was assaulted and struck with two firearms in Nanaimo on Sunday.
RCMP were called to a parking lot outside a south Nanaimo business about 5 p.m.
By the time officers arrived, bystanders had managed to disarm the man with the weapons. He had reportedly first hit his victim with the rifle and then an unloaded handgun before trying to flee on his motorbike.
After speaking to witnesses, police determined the man with the guns had started the confrontation.
Officers seized the rifle, which was loaded with 14 rounds, the handgun and several knives.
The 50-year-old victim was taken to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
“This was a chaotic scene and officers are confident that without the assistance of the bystanders this incident could have turned tragic,” Const. Gary O’Brien said.
A 39-year-old man was arrested for assault with a weapon, uttering threats and firearm-related charges.
A 29-year-old woman was arrested and released. Police say the investigation continues and the woman could still face charges.