Disaster 4 dead, suspect arrested in targeted shooting in Penticton, B.C. - Victims were found dead in three locations within a five-kilometre radius

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CMP say four people were found dead today in three locations within a five-kilometre radius in Penticton, B.C.
Supt. Ted De Jager says a lone male suspect is in custody.
He says the four people who died were shot and the victims were targeted.
De Jager says the Mounties received a call about a possible shooting in the downtown at about 10:30 a.m. and the suspect was taken into custody about an hour later.
Earlier in the day, 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 areas bordered by Eckhardt Avenue and Lakeshore Drive, and Main and Power streets.
“I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community,” De Jager told a news conference.
 

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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.


Penticton RCMP says 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 they turned themselves 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.”
Police were still asking people to respect that cordon on Monday afternoon.

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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Looks like we have a motive:



The nephew of one of the victims in Monday’s fatal shooting spree in Penticton said his uncle may have been killed because of a grudge by a former neighbour.
Jeff Schwarz said his uncle Rudi Winters was one of four people shot in downtown Penticton around 10:30 a.m.


“The family is in shock,” said Schwarz in a statement to Global News.


“He was targeted by a neighbour that had a vendetta. My uncle was a good man, an incredible man. Gentle and loving. He will be sorely missed. We send our deepest condolences to the other victims families.”
Police have not confirmed the identity of any of the victims or spoken to a possible motive.
However they said the two men and two women who were shot did know their alleged attacker.


RCMP say one man, a 60-year-old Penticton resident, is in custody in relation to the shootings after turning himself in at the Penticton detachment around 11:30 a.m.
Police allege the shooter began his attack at the north end of the city, gunning one victim down in the area of Heales Avenue and Lakeview Street.

The suspect then allegedly headed south to a second location around Cornwall Drive where three other people were fatally shot.

Police seized a black Volkswagen Jetta at the Penticton detachment that was allegedly driven by the suspect.
It is unclear how many or what type of firearms were used in the shooting.
The shooting prompted a massive police response in Penticton, including a cordon of a large segment of downtown with people asked to stay away, or indoors.
 

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I bet when he turned himself in he did it the most Canadian way possible. "Hey sorry guys, I shot a bunch of people. Slap the cuffs on me, eh."
 
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How the fuck do people still have guns in Canada? What’s even weirder is that when mass shootings happen in Canada, there really never is any talk about gun control anymore. I believe it was the Polytechnic shooting back in the 1980s by Marc Lepine that served as sort of the Dunblane/Port Arthur of Canada. But yet there are still mass shootings there and Canadians enjoy the privilege of not having to hear about gun control every time it happens. Can anybody from there fill me in?
 
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How the fuck do people still have guns in Canada? What’s even weirder is that when mass shootings happen in Canada, there really never is any talk about gun control anymore. I believe it was the Polytechnic shooting back in the 1980s by Marc Lepine that served as sort of the Dunblane/Port Arthur of Canada. But yet there are still mass shootings there and Canadians enjoy the privilege of not having to hear about gun control every time it happens. Can anybody from there fill me in?
When the muzzie shot up toronto, trudeau's response was to talk about a handgun ban, instead of mentioning the dude probably got the gun illegally, from his drug-dealing, gun-running brother.
 

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Retired city worker faces multiple murder charges after shootings in Penticton, B.C.

RCMP say John Brittain knew all of his alleged victims, who police refuse to name


A retired city worker is facing multiple murder charges after a shooting spree left four people dead in the city of Penticton, B.C., on Monday.
John Brittain, 68, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder on Tuesday.
Handcuffed, he was led through the back door of the provincial courthouse for a brief, first court appearance at 10:20 a.m. PT and was remanded into custody. He didn't respond to reporters' questions as he was escorted from the courthouse.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning, Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki said Brittain worked for the city's engineering department for several years until his retirement "due to an illness" in 2016.
Brittain's current employer


The president of Ecora Engineering confirmed Brittain is currently employed by the company, and has worked there as a civil engineer since 2017.
"We're shocked and saddened by the incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased," said Kelly Sherman, in a statement. "As it's a criminal matter, the RCMP will be investigating, no further comment."

Brittain's next court appearance has been set for May 8.
Two women and two men were killed in three different locations in the city during an hour-long shooting spree that began around 10:30 a.m. PT Monday, and ended with Brittain turning himself in at the front desk of the local RCMP detachment.
Mounties said the victims, who were in their 60s and 70s, all knew each other and their alleged killer. Investigators believe the shootings were targeted, but a possible motive hasn't been determined.

On Tuesday, RCMPSupt. Ted De Jager said Mounties won't be releasing the names of the victims or details on how they knew Brittain, as officers don't believe it will further the investigation.
"I can't speak to the actual relationship and, be mindful, this matter is before the courts," De Jager said during a news conference.

On Monday, police were first called to the area of Lakeview Street and Heales Avenue, a residential neighbourhood blocks from Okanagan Lake, after receiving reports that a man had been shot at 10:30 a.m. PT.
As officers were en route, police received a second call that another person had been shot further south in the city. The public was asked to avoid the downtown area entirely, or stay indoors if they were already there.
De Jager said a man matching the suspect's description turned himself in, unarmed, at the RCMP detachment on Main Street at 11:27 a.m. PT.

Investigators found four bodies in three places. One man was found dead in front of a home on Heales Avenue, while another man and a woman were found dead inside a house in the 2400 block of Cornwall Drive. The second female victim was found nearby.
Mayor Vassilaki said he knew Brittain while they were both working for the city — Vassilaki as a councillor, Brittain in development services with the engineering department.

The mayor said he was "saddened" to learn Brittain is now accused of murder.
"He was a gentleman, he did his job well, he was very in favour of what our community was doing, was always involved in community matters — him and his wife," Vassilaki said.
The mayor shook his head when asked if Brittain was known to have a temper.
"Nothing like that at all. Very gentle man."

Neighbours shaken

Penticton sits between the southern bank of Okanagan Lake and the northern shore of Skaha Lake, with a population of 30,000 that swells with tourists during its hot, dry summers.
Danny Herron, who lives near the Lakeview Street crime scene, said it was frightening to hear shots fired in his neighbourhood.
"It's an eye-opener for everybody," he said Monday. "When it continued on, I thought, 'What's going on here? Is this guy on the loose? Is he shooting randomly?' You just don't know."

De Jager said RCMP are confident the accused acted alone and that the community isn't in any further danger, but he said the emotional impact will be lasting.
"I recognize these heartbreaking events have a deep impact on the community and will continue to do so for some time," the Mountie said.
 
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