Seven months after a violent shooting on Woodbine Street near downtown Chilliwack, the female victim has died.
But it is still unclear if the incident is now considered a homicide, something the woman’s stepfather just doesn’t understand.
Stanny Bernice Carr was shot in a vehicle in the 9400-block of Woodbine Street just after 3 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2018.
Neighbours were rattled after hearing gunshots in the middle of the night, one witness reporting on social media he went out to find Jeep with both passenger and driver’s side windows blown out.
Carr was there bleeding, suffering a serious gunshot wound.
|Stanny Bernice Carr was shot on Woodbine Avenue in Chilliwack in August 2018. She died on March 6, 2019.|
Her stepfather Colin Collins told The Progress that a bullet went into the 43-year-old’s spine and remained there.
“It caused her to be paralyzed from the shoulders down,” Collins said. “We thought she was going to die.”
Since that time, she spent time in hospital in Vancouver and later Surrey Memorial where she passed away on March 6, seven months after the incident.
The RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was asked last week and this week if the agency is now in charge of the file, but a spokesperson has not returned emails or phone calls to confirm.
If IHIT is not involved, Collins doesn’t understand.
“If she wouldn’t have got shot, she wouldn’t have died now,” he said.
“Definitely myself I think [it should be a homicide]. You can’t shooting someone and not be responsible for what happens to them. I know it’s after the fact, I mean, maybe someone could get a flesh wound and it later gets gangrene, but you should be responsible for it.”
As for what happened that night, Collins doesn’t know although he does know Carr was involved in the drug trade. He found some stolen credit cards in a storage locker of hers that he recently returned to police.
“She was out in a place she shouldn’t have been,” Collins said.
Carr left behind two children, a daughter and a son. Collins said a celebration of life is planned for a future date at a park they frequented.
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— Paul J. Henderson (@PeeJayAitch) March 8, 2019