Two of Rex Jardine’s daughters were enjoying their Sunday afternoon, hanging out in bed when potential disaster whizzed by overhead.
“I was working in my office, just three or four rooms down, and I heard them scream out, ‘hey Daddy—something happened to the glass,'” he said.
Jardine went over and discovered a bullet had punctured the girls’ bedroom window, continued through their room to the closet, until it eventually landed in some clothing.
“It was absolutely above their bed,” he said, of the bullet’s trajectory.
When all calmed down in the house, Jardine went out and drove around his East Kelowna neighbourhood, looking for answers. He came up empty handed. No one had anything to say on the matter.
When police got involved, however, they quickly reached a different conclusion.
Const. Kris Clark said the Jardines’ 18-year-old neighbour admitted to firing off rounds from a high powered rifle, in an attempt to kill coyotes.
“It’s rural, there’s a bit of farm land and orchards out there,” said Clark, explaining that the practice isn’t unheard of.
“There is a bylaw that prevents the discharge of firearms within city limits, but you can get exemptions for getting rid of pest animals or livestock.”
Whether that exemption had been granted, as well as a series of other details will be investigated as police decide if they will be pressing criminal charges or pursuing a bylaw violation.
Jardine is hoping for the former.
“I understand it’s an 18-year-old kid, but I want to see Crown counsel press charges. They shot into the bedroom with a high power riffle,” he said.
“I haven’t received a phone call or an apology or anything from these people, which is what I’d do if I were to do something like that.”
Regardless, Jardine said he thinks the offending neighbour has likely learned his lesson. And he has faith in the others nearby who may follow similar pest-control methods.
“People shoot coyotes daily up here, but they’re responsible. Everyone with a brain knows you need to see what’s behind what you’re shooting,” he said. “When I was at that house, I could see the roof of my house.”
The girls, ages 7 and 10, have come out of the incident emotionally as well as physically unscathed, he said, noting they don’t “appreciate the gravity of the situation.”