Police on Haynes Street in Penticton on April 15, 2019. RCMP say four people were found dead today in three locations within a five-kilometre radius in Penticton.
JOE FRIES, PENTICTON HERALD / PNG
PENTICTON — The RCMP say four people were found dead Monday in three locations after targeted shootings within a five-kilometre radius in Penticton.Supt. Ted De Jager said a man turned himself in at the city’s RCMP detachment and officers were searching his car.“We’re still trying to find the motive for this whole incident, so that’s part of the ongoing investigation,” he told a news conference.“Indications right now are that all four were targeted.”De Jager said the Mounties received a call about a possible shooting in the downtown at about 10:30 a.m. and the suspect was arrested about an hour later.Earlier, police cordoned off the city’s downtown and were telling people to avoid the area because of a serious, unfolding situation. They asked the public to follow the direction of police and to avoid specific areas.“I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community,” De Jager said, adding that more than 30 officers were involved in the response to the shootings.He said one person was found dead in the north end of the city; the three others were found in the south end.De Jager said an emergency response team was sent to another place in the city, but police had not determined whether it was related to the shootings.Joyce Brennan, a downtown resident, said she was taking out the recycling sometime between 9:30 and 10 a.m. when she heard the sound of three muffled bangs in the distance.“But there is a lot of construction going on around us here, so I just assumed it was something to do with that,” said Brennan.She said her son called a short time later to say someone was killed near her house.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.“All of a sudden, all these cop cars were swarming the area, and an ambulance showed up, and we went outside and I saw a guy laying in the grass,” she said.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,” 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, said Halvorson.“It was kind of scary,” she said.“It’s a very quiet area, so it’s a little alarming for this to be happening.”
Police on Cornwall Drive in Penticton on April 15, 2019.
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