Penticton, B.C., RCMP say four people are dead after a string of fatal shootings in three locations Monday morning.
South Okanagan-Similkameen Supt. Ted De Jager says one male has been taken into custody after he turned himself in at the front desk of the Penticton RCMP detachment.
Police have confirmed they believe “it was a targeted event.”
At around 10:30 a.m. PT, police were called to downtown Penticton, in the area of Westminster Avenue and Haynes Street, for a report that a man had been shot.
As officers were en route, they received a second call reporting that another person had been shot. A man matching the description of the suspect turned himself in about one hour later, at 11:30 a.m.
Officers conducted a sweep of the area and found there were several victims at multiple locations. The four fatalities occurred in three different locations within a five-kilometre radius.
One person died at the initial incident near Westminster Avenue and Lakeview Street, while three people died “in a suburban area” around Cornwall Drive.
“I understand this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community,” said South Okanagan-Similkameen Supt. Ted De Jager.
“Police are continuing to look for anyone else who may have been injured in the course of this incident.”
He says police are working to identify the victims and inform their families.
On Monday afternoon the Southeast District Emergency Response Team was deployed near Skaha Lake Road and Yorkton Avenue for an unfolding incident.
Police determined it was not linked to the morning shootings, and have resolved the incident.
RCMP had previously asked everyone to avoid downtown Penticton and remain indoors, but have since lifted those restrictions.
The crime scene is now limited to the 2400 block of Cornwall Drive and the 400 block of Heales Avenue near Lakeview Street.
‘4 or 5’ pops heard: witness
Shelly Halvorson was in her office at J & E Automotive Services when she heard “four or five” pops.
“I thought it was our tire machine,” said Halvorson. “I didn’t think anything more of it.”
This is a little too close. I’ve never experienced this. I’m not comfortable at all.– Shelly Halvorson , witness
Within minutes, she said, police vehicles swarmed the area.
She says she went outside and saw a man lying on his front lawn, at which point, police told everyone to go back inside their homes and businesses.
“This is a little too close. I’ve never experienced this,” she said. “I’m not comfortable at all.”
The RCMP’s Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen regional general Investigation section has taken the lead on the investigation. Additional resources from the RCMP’s Southeast District, including Investigators from the Southeast District Major Crime Unit, have been called in to assist.
Penticton is a city in the Okanagan Valley of the Southern Interior of British Columbia with a population of about 30,000.