A 19-year-old Vancouver resident has been charged with possession of a restricted weapon and having a gun in his car after police stopped a vehicle with three other men in it at a Vancouver gas station Thursday night.
Vancouver Police says it's "just the start" of what they anticipate will be many more arrests related to gang activity in Vancouver's South Slope neighbourhood.
Charged with three firearms related offences is Jaskaran Singh Heer. Police are also recommending charges against a second man in the car.
Vancouver police spokesman Const. Brian Montague says they pulled the car over at the Esso station at Kingsway Avenue and Victoria Drive around 8 p.m. PT Thursday after seeing suspicious behaviour from four men known to police.
A search of the car turned up a .44 calibre revolver, a box of ammunition, gloves and a canister of bear spray.
Montague says a gang operating in Vancouver's South Slope neighbourhood has been behind a number of recent shootings, assaults, arsons and vandalism.
An early Thursday morning arson fire on 63rd Avenue in Vancouver is also being investigated for possible links to the gang, said Montague.
"We're looking at some conflicts that are going on in the South Slope," he said Friday.
"I can't say for sure this [63rd Avenue fire] is the result of that. But we are definitely looking at the possibility that this incident is connected to other fires and other crimes that have been occurring over the last several weeks."
Mike Serr with the VPD's Organized Crime Section says the department is in the midst of a crackdown on this gang.
"“This is just the start of what we anticipate are a number of arrests,” he said. "Our goal is to reduce the violence happening in this normally quiet residential community.”