Fort Prov man charged with shooting girls using pellet gun

Yellowknife Courthouse

A preliminary hearing for a Fort Providence man, charged with shooting two little girls in a playground with a pellet gun, is to begin February 27th in Yellowknife.

18-year-old Logan Cause appeared in court in Yellowknife Wednesday via video from the North Slave Correctional Centre.

He is facing ten charges in total including pointing a firearm and careless use of a firearm

Cause has so far been denied bail.

RCMP did not report the incident from October 13th of this year when an 11-year-old girl had to be treated at the Fort Providence health centre after she was hit in the leg with a pellet.

She was not seriously hurt.

The Crown says the pellet had ricocheted off a playground pole before striking the girl.

She says the other girl – a ten-year-old – was also hit with a pellet but it struck her boot and she was not hurt.

It’s alleged Cause fired the pellet gun through a window from his bedroom.

His lawyer described the incident as a prank gone wrong.

The Crown says the gun in question fires pellets at a speed of 525 feet per second.

The legal threshold for a weapon to be deemed a firearm is 500 feet per second.

Cause’s lawyer says determining whether the pellet gun is indeed a firearm will play an important role in determining where the case goes from here.

Cause has elected to be tried in Supreme Court by a judge and jury.

The preliminary hearing is held to determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

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