Troy McKinnon was a known associate of the Independent Soldiers. However, he was in Nanaimo and if you are non-biker affiliated in Nanaimo you answer to the Red Scorpions. You don’t do your business in another gang’s territory if you value your life. McKinnon knew this and made a decision to take the risk anyhow.
They sent boys to do a man’s job. Luckily for the victims, it was an amateurish job. Consequently, it was a failure.
This is not just alarmist talk. Gang wars will happen. The only question is, “How badly will they hurt Victoria?
Gang bangers and opiate addicts serve a higher master, either their gang or their addiction. The courts cannot safely release members of either group without constant and direct daily supervision and have any realistic hope that those individuals will not immediately violate any of their conditions.
The Red Scorpions are a key to this story because that gang is the primary supplier of fentanyl here on Vancouver Island.