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3 bear spray attacks lead to public safety concerns in North Central
Published Thursday, August 30, 2018 5:13PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, August 30, 2018 7:00PM CST
Regina police are investigating three separate assaults in north central Regina on Wednesday that all involved bear spray.
The attacks occurred within just blocks of each other between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and midnight, police say.
The first attack took place in the 1500 block of Garnet St.
Later, a fight between a driver and a pedestrian in the 1400 block of Robinson Street ended with the driver being sprayed.
The third incident involved two men who were both attacked in a park in the 1200 block of Athol Street.
No suspects have yet been found and four victims are being treated for minor injuries.
Darryl Schemenauer, owner of T and T guns, said bear spray canisters are kept behind the counter and purchasing one requires some patience.
“You have to have I.D. You have to be older than 18, and there is a form you have to sign when you buy bear spray.”
Forms are provided by the bear spray manufacturers with instructions about proper use, and the company keeps them on file.
“It’s very concerning because I have children in this neighbourhood and my son, usually I’ll go places with him,” Kathryn Beaulieu, a mother of five from north central, said. “He’s nineteen and I still have worries about him being in the neighbourhood walking around alone.”
Regina police continue to look for suspects in these cases.
Based on a report by Joey Slattery.