4 people dead, 1 in custody after ‘targeted’ shooting spree in downtown Penticton

Four people are dead and a man is in custody after a shooting spree in Penticton on Monday.

The incident prompted a massive police response, in which officers asked people to stay out of a large area of downtown Penticton.

“I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community,” said RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager.

“But I would like to once again confirm that we do have one individual in custody and we have been able to determine that this was a targeted incident. Determining why this occurred is a part of the priorities of our ongoing investigation.”

De Jager said police were working Monday to identify the victims and notify next of kin.

He said the alleged shooter began at the the north side of the city around Heales Avenue, where one person was fatally shot.

Renee Myers, who lives near Heales Avenue and Lakeview Street in downtown Penticton, told Global News she heard shots fired.

“I didn’t see anything, I just heard really loud bangs that I thought were from the construction three doors down,” she said.

“A little while later I came out and saw the commotion here with the police cars, and a deceased person lying under the tree. He had been pruning the trees in that yard for the last couple of days. It’s pretty disturbing.”

The shooter then allegedly moved to a second scene near Cornwall Drive, where three people were fatally shot, police said.

Police said the suspect then drove to the Penticton RCMP detachment, where he turned himself in.

The coroner was seen arriving at the RCMP detachment at around 1 p.m.

A section of the detachment was behind yellow police tape, and police were seen photographing a black Volkswagen Jetta in the parking lot, which was towed away a short time later.

Residents were told to stay out of an area bordered by Eckhardt Avenue, Power Street, Lakeshore Drive and Main Street around 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning due to a “serious unfolding incident.”

RCMP have identified an additional location in the area of Skaha Lake Rd. and Yorkton Ave. where a police incident was in progress.

Police said that incident was believed to be unrelated, but out of an abundance of caution had responded with the Emergency Response Team (ERT).

Mounties said their cordon in downtown Penticton will remain in effect until the second incident is confirmed to be unrelated to the shooting spree.

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