Police provide update on 'shooting spree' in Penticton, B.C.

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2019

Penticton RCMP say a large police presence on the south end of the city around the Empire Motel was unrelated to four shooting deaths Monday.

All four victims were fatally shot and police have apprehended a lone male suspect who remains in custody at this time.

It all started at about 10:30 a.m., when police received reports of a possible shooting in the downtown area.

RCMP say the victims were found dead Monday in three locations within a five-kilometre radius in Penticton, B.C.

Investigators believe all four shooting victims were targeted, but De Jager - who called the incident "unprecedented for this area" - said they have not established a motive.

Still, "determining why this occurred is part of the priorities of our ongoing investigation", he said.

At this point, police have requested that the names of the victims be withheld, "so that we can ensure that the families hear from us first".

De Jager said an emergency response team was deployed to another place in the city, but police had not determined whether it was related to the shootings.

BC Premier John Horgan sent tweeted about the incident as well, calling the situation "devastating".

Earlier in the day, police and City of Penticton have issued an alert asking that people stay inside and avoid the areas affected by the shooting spree.

General restrictions were lifted by 3:30 p.m., but the area near the 2400 block of Cornwall Drive and the 400 block of Heales Avenue are still blocked off.

"We continue to ask that you remain inside and avoid the area".

The man was laying on the lawn outside a home, she said.

"It was kind of scary", she said.

Daniel Kenward lives a few houses down and also heard gunshots before police cars arrived and he saw a man lying on the grass outside.

A 60-year-old man is in custody.

"I asked him, 'What's going on?'" Shortreed said.

About 45 minutes later, he heard a sound of "anguish", and his wife looked out the window and saw an older woman hugging someone, Mr. Kenward added. I just know she was upset. "You know that sound", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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