Four dead after shooting in Penticton; one male suspect in custody

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2019

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

De Jager said one person was found dead in the north end of the city; the three others were found in the south end at neighbouring houses.

"I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community", Supt.

"Determining why this occurred is part of our ongoing investigation", said RCMP regional commander Ted De Jager. "Our efforts are also focused on identifying the victims".

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

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

"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", read a police notice.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers attend a shooting scene on Cornwall Drive, during a series of attacks in which four people were shot dead, in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada April 15, 2019.

The man was laying 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", Ms. Halvorson said.

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. "It's a very quiet area, so it's a little alarming for this to be happening".

A 60-year-old man is in custody.

"I don't know what her relationship was to him or anything like that. You know that sound", he said.

The second and third locations are in a suburban area near Murray and Cornwall drives in the south of the city, he said, where three of the four deceased were found.

Officers wearing bulletproof vests and police dogs were patrolling the area, he said.

"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]". "'What happened? A hit and run?' He goes, 'Oh no, it's worse than that'".

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