Four dead in shooting spree

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.


The Penticton RCMP says all four victims in Monday’s shooting spree were known to the alleged shooter.

“It's not random. This isn't somebody walking down the street with a rifle,” Supt. Ted De Jager told reporters, calling the four murders “very targeted.”

De Jager said police have not been able to identify a motive at this point, but police will be recommending murder charges for the 60-year-old Penticton man that turned himself at the police station shortly after the shootings.

The wife of one of the victims told Castanet she suspected the shootings were due to a neighbourly dispute.

“The loss of four people from our community under these tragic circumstances is difficult to comprehend. I can assure the citizens of Penticton that the right resources and supports are in place to move the investigation forward,” he said.

RCMP say two adult males and two women were killed, but are not releasing identities while they identify next of kin.

De Jager called it a “dark day for Penticton,” but noted “brightness in the community” in citizens that called police immediately, consoled the friends and family of victims and even brought water to officers on the front lines.

The crime scenes at a home on the corner of Lakeview Street and Heales Avenue just outside downtown and two homes on Cornwall Drive near Murray Drive will remain cordoned off until further notice.

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.

Police say they are not releasing any names yet in Monday's deadly shooting spree in Penticton – neither of their suspect, nor his victims.

RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager said at a 4 p.m. news conference, he is glad the suspect turned himself in "so the community isn't on pins and needles" about a person who could do something "so tragic" still being out there.

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m.

Penticton RCMP say they have a 60-year-old male suspect in custody in relation to a shooting spree that rocked the city on Monday.

Charges are pending, and police say the shooter's victims were two adult males and two adult women.

UPDATE 3:25 p.m.

Police have confirmed a standoff at a motel on the south end of the city is unrelated to the four fatal shootings this morning. An arrest has been made there, and police are now vacating the area.

RCMP will update media again at 4 p.m.

UPDATE 3 p.m.

The Penticton RCMP says about 30 officers are working on the two shooting scenes in the city.

Officers were first called at about 10:30 a.m. to a home at the corner of Lakeview and Heales for a report of gunfire.

Neighbour Renee Myers told Castanet she heard a handful of large bangs, she initially thought originated from the construction site down the road.

“A little later I came out and saw all the commotion here with the police cars, and a deceased person lying under the tree,” she said.

The suspect fled the scene and made his way to a home at Murray and Cornwall Drives, where three people were shot and killed.

“I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community,” said Supt. Ted De Jager. But I would like to once again confirm that we do have one individual in custody and have been able to determine that this was a targeted incident.”

RCMP say the suspect drove himself to the local detachment and turned himself in at about 11:30 a.m. As reporters were arriving to the police station for a media briefing the suspect’s black Volkswagen Jetta was being towed away.

De Jager called the shootings “unprecedented” for Penticton, “but this is exactly what we train for and prepare for.”

Heavily armed officers were also engaged in a standoff with on the south end of the city around a motel on Skaha Lake Road and Yorkton. One person has been taken into custody and officers have now vacated that scene. It’s not clear at this point if that incident is related to the murders.

Police are holding another briefing at 4 p.m.

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m.

Four people are dead after a shooting spree in Penticton Monday. 

Supt. Ted De Jager of South Okanagan RCMP said "numerous" front line officers were dispatched to the downtown area. 

A lone male was taken into custody after turning himself in shortly after 11 a.m. in connection with four deaths in three locations within a five kilometre radius. 

"This is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community," De Jager said. "But I would like to once again confirm that we have one individual in custody, and we have been able to confirm this was a targeted incident."

An ongoing situation at a motel at the south end of town has not been confirmed to be related to the incident, though De Jager said they are looking into it, and a city-wide recommendation to stay inside remains intact. 

UPDATE: 1:18 p.m.

Heavy police presence has been reported at a motel near Skaha Lake. 

Armoured trucks and multiple police cars are on scene. 

Castanet is expecting an official RCMP update at any moment at the RCMP detachment on Main Street. 

UPDATE: 12:18 p.m.

The area of  Murray Drive and Cornwall Drive has been swarmed by police in an apparently related incident to Monday morning's shooting. 

Castanet's reporter on the scene said there are more police at this scene than the earlier one, though RCMP are not giving details and there is no evidence of a shooting. 

RCMP helicopters are still circling overhead. 

Castanet's Colin Dacre will be reporting live from an RCMP media briefing at 1 p.m. today with Supt. Ted De Jager. 

UPDATE: 12 p.m.

One man is dead in a shooting Monday morning in Penticton, according to the victim's wife. 

Castanet spoke to the emotional woman at the scene, who said she believed the shooting was the result of a neighbourly dispute. 

She also said police told her they have someone in custody, though RCMP have not confirmed. RCMP have scheduled a media information call at 1 p.m. today. 

Reporter Colin Dacre is on the way to a second potential crime scene related to this shooting, and will have updates. 

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.

Castanet has heard from multiple neighbours and witnesses on the street that they saw a body in the yard of a home at Lakeview Street and Heales Avenue in the area of the unfolding police incident. 

One neighbour across the street from the incident said they heard four loud bangs this morning that sounded like shots, and came out of their home to see a body on the ground. 

This information has not yet been confirmed by RCMP.

Castanet's Colin Dacre is still at the scene, and will be providing more updates. 

Police and the city are still urging citizens in the downtown and adjacent area to stay indoors. 

The Kelowna Emergency Response team is en route for backup. 

UPDATE 11:25 a.m.

RCMP are now telling Castanet to help alert the public to avoid the downtown area and stay inside.

Penticton RCMP are dealing with a serious and unfolding incident and are asking the public to abide by all police direction and avoid the areas bordered by (map of the area attached);

-Eckhardt Ave and Lakeshore Drive

- Main Street and Power Street

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.

ORIGINAL 11:17 a.m.

The City of Penticton has sent out an emergency alert about an ongoing and active police incident in the area of Westminister and Heales.

They are advising the public to remain indoors.

Colin Dacre is on scene and describes the scene as developing and "active" with a large area taped off.

Castanet will have more information as soon as it is available.

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