UPDATE: The 60 year-old man, a Penticton resident, remains in police custody and charges are pending. While the investigation remains active and ongoing, RCMP believe this was a targeted incident. The accused and the four victims (two men and two women) were known to each other.
PENTICTON, BC: The BC RCMP is confirming one man is in custody in relation to fatal ‘targeted’ shootings in Penticton…
On the morning of April 15, 2019, just after 10:30 AM, Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen (PSOS) Regional Police officers were called to the area of Westminster Avenue and Haynes Street for a report that a man had been shot.
PSOS Regional Police officers with support from the RCMP Police Dog Service and RCMP Air Services immediately flooded the area in an effort to locate the male suspect. While police were en route, a second caller reported another person had been shot.
At approximately 11:30 AM, a man matching the suspects description turned himself into the Penticton RCMP detachment. The man remains in custody while the investigation progresses. Preliminary indications are this was a targeted incident.
A thorough sweep of the area was conducted and police identified multiple locations in which there were several confirmed victims. Police have determined four people are deceased at three locations within a 5 km radius. The BC Coroners Services has been notified. The identities of the deceased will not be confirmed unless there is an investigative need to do so.
Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen (PSOS) Regional General Investigation Section (GIS) has lead on the fatal shooting investigation. Additional resources from the RCMPs Southeast District, including Investigators from the Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU), have been called in to assist.
The Southeast District Emergency Response Team was deployed near Skaha Lake Road and Yorkton Ave for an unfolding incident. Police have determined this is not linked to this mornings shootings. The matter has been resolved without any issues and police will be leaving the scene shortly.
“I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community,” said Superintendent Ted De Jager, Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment Commander. “Determining why this occurred is part of our ongoing investigation.” De Jager added, “our hearts and thoughts are with all those impacted by this terribly tragic incident. Our priority now, will be to speak with the families of those involved and offer our support.”
The general area restrictions in the City of Penticton have been lifted. Crime scene restrictions have been limited to the 2400 block of Cornwall Drive and the 400 block of Heales Avenue near Lakeview Street at this time. We appreciate the publics patience and cooperation.
Written and released by BC RCMP.
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