RCMP confirm 4 dead in Penticton following public shooting

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2019

Four people were shot dead in Penticton, British Colombia, on Monday and a suspect is in custody, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement.

According to Supt. Ted De Jager, officers first responded to reports of a possible shooting at around 10:30 a.m.in an area of the city's downtown core bordered by Eckhardt Avenue and Lakeshore Drive, and Main Street and Power Street.

De Jager said a man showed up to the RCMP detachment in his black Volkswagen Jetta at around 11:27 a.m. and turned himself in. Mounties have not shared the names of the victims as they have not yet informed all of the families, but do say the suspect and victims knew one another.

Such gun violence is rare in Canada.

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

De Jager called the incident "deeply troubling" and noted that police have been able to determine that the incident was targeted.

She said her son called a short time later to say someone was killed near her house.

"I can say from an investigative perspective, we are glad he did that so the community isn't on pins and needles [worrying that he is at large]".

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Shelley Halvorson was in her office at J&E Automotive Services Ltd.at around 10:30 a.m. when she heard "pop, pop, pop, pop", she said.

"For your own safety we ask that you restrict travel inside this zone and remain inside your residence, or place of work until we have issued further direction", reads the statement.

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

"We were told we had to get back inside because there was a guy - who shot this guy - who was on the loose with a rifle", Halvorson said.

De Jager said the suspect and the four victims knew each other and police are recommending homicide charges be laid.

Three or four officers with rifles and a police dog charged down a nearby side street, while other police officers stayed behind and taped off the area, Halvorson said.

"For Penticton ... it's unprecedented", De Jager said. "It's a very quiet area, so it's a little alarming for this to be happening". The man appeared to be older with white or grey hair, he 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, Kenward added. "You know that sound", he said.

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