Woman who refused to give man cigarettes shot in the back with pellet gun
A 24-year-old woman visiting a restaurant in Vancouver was shot in the back with a pellet gun for refusing to give a man cigarettes.
“The victim, a 24-year-old woman from Coquitlam, was outside a restaurant when an unknown man came up to her asking for money or cigarettes,” Vancouver police said about the incident on West Pender Street.
“She declined his request and turned away, at which point she felt a sting on her lower back and realized she’d been shot with a BB gun pellet,” police said.
“She immediately called 9-1-1 with a description of the suspect,” said a police statement. ” Police quickly arrived in the area and found a man matching the description. He was arrested with the BB gun still in his possession.”
The woman suffered a bruise on her back but did not require treatment.
Vancouver Police media spokeswoman Const. Anne Longley said Troy Leard Alsager has now been charged with assault with a weapon, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm.