By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com
A shop owner in Comeauville says he’ll be installing surveillance cameras by week’s end after his Honda shop was the target of a drive-by shooting.
Daniel Comeau, owner and operator of the Honda dealership, said he was not aware of anything out of the ordinary until he arrived to open the shop just before 8 a.m. Wednesday.
“We have motion sensors at the dealership so something like this would not get picked up,” said Comeau.
“There was no alarm sounded so I was shocked when I arrived to see two of the front showroom plate glass windows blasted from shotgun shells.”
A neighbour called Comeau and told him they were awake when they heard the shotgun go off and noted the time was 3:03 a.m.
Comeau called the RCMP who took photos and the shells and are investigating the incident.
Besides the windows, three motorcycles were damaged and shattered glass, some of which was in the form of fine dust, covered bikes, shelves and stock as far as 30 feet into the showroom.
“We will vacuum the glass and dust off the bikes to assess further damage,” he said. “The three bikes closest to the windows have dings and scratches on them.”
Comeau’s wife Myra Comeau who also works at the dealership said she came in as soon as her husband called her.
“I came right in and what I saw was very unnerving,” she said. “This whole situation is very disheartening as we work hard to provide a service to the community and beyond and yet are victims of a criminal act.”
Comeau said he has been in business for 37 years and he has seen a lot.
“There have been break-ins and equipment stolen but I have never experienced this kind of senseless damage using a firearm,” he said. “This is pretty dangerous stuff and it is kind of scary.”
Comeau suggested the damage was caused by someone firing a 12-gauge shotgun.
“The way the windows looked certainly indicated a shotgun was used,” he said. “When fired a shotgun shell releases a number of small round pellets or BBs so there were many pellet holes surrounding the larger hole that was made in the window.”
Nearby residents reported hearing shots fired during the night but so far no one has said they saw anything.
Comeau’s Honda carries insurance on both the building and stock but the owner said the deductibles are very high.
“The windows have to be replaced and the bikes repaired and it will cost us a considerable amount,” he said. “It will also take us a great deal of time to make sure all the shattered glass is cleaned up.”