Male in custody after 4 slain in ‘targeted’ shootings in Penticton, B.C.


Penticton, B.C., RCMP say four people are dead after a string of shootings in three locations Monday morning.


South Okanagan-Similkameen Supt. Ted De Jager says one male has been taken into custody after he turned himself in at the front desk of the Pentincton RCMP detachment.

Police have confirmed they believe “it was a targeted event.”

At around 10:30 a.m. PT, police received reports of a possible shooting in downtown Penticton.

De Jager says numerous officers were sent to the areas of Eckhart Avenue and Lakeshore Drive, and Main Street and Powell Avenue.

The four fatalities occurred in three different locations within a five-kilometre radius.

One person died at the initial incident near Westminster Avenue and Lakeview Street, while three people died “in a suburban area” around Cornwall Drive.

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

“Police are continuing to look for anyone else who may have been injured in the course of this incident.”

He says police are working to identify the victims and inform their families.

‘4 or 5’ pops heard: Witness

Shelly Halvorson was in her office at J & E Automotive Services when she heard “four or five” pops.

“I thought it was our tire machine,” said Halvorson. “I didn’t think anything more of it.”

This is a little too close. I’ve never experienced this. I’m not comfortable at all.

– Shelly Halvorson , witness

Within minutes, she said, police vehicles swarmed the area.

She says she went outside and saw a man lying on his front lawn, at which point, police told everyone to go back inside their homes and businesses.

“This is a little too close. I’ve never experienced this,” she said. “I’m not comfortable at all.”

RCMP have asked everyone to avoid downtown Penticton and remain indoors. (Simon Charland/CBC)

Penticton is a city in the Okanagan Valley of the Southern Interior of British Columbia with a population of about 30,000.