Victoria man facing charges of assault and mischief after Sooke home found trashed New Year's Day

A Victoria man is facing a number of charges including assault causing bodily harm, careless use of a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief following an incident in Sooke New Year's Eve.

Sooke RCMP say they were called after a local couple arrived home on New Year's Day to find their home had been trashed while they were away.

Televisions and computers were destroyed, couches were slashed open, drinks were poured on counters and floors and the homeowners were shocked to find a high-powered rifle and used cartridges on the floor.

Investigators swept the home and determined several rounds from the rifle were fired inside the home, with two rounds piercing neighbouring homes.

No one was injured by the bullets, but police say the suspect's girlfriend sustained injuries in the assault and is now safe and recovering.

The woman had been looking after the property while the homeowners were away for Christmas holidays.

Sooke RCMP say they've arrested a 26 year old Victoria man accused of unloading a gun into several homes and attacking his girlfriend in a violent domestic assault on New Year's Eve.

They traced the suspect to Vancouver after he was arrested on an unrelated matter and took him into custody where he currently remains.

(With files from CTV Vancouver Island)

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