Four dead after shooting in Penticton; one male suspect in custody

RCMP have asked everyone to avoid downtown Penticton and remain indoors

RCMP have asked everyone to avoid downtown Penticton and remain indoors

Investigators believe all four shooting victims were targeted, but De Jager - who called the incident "unprecedented for this area" - said they have not established a motive.

De Jager said a man showed up to the RCMP detachment in his black Volkswagen Jetta at around 11:27 a.m. and turned himself in.

All areas bordered by Eckhardt Avenue and Lakeshore Drive as well as Main Street and Power Street are to be avoided due to a serious and unfolding situation.

"I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community", De Jager told a news conference. Mounties have not shared the names of the victims as they have not yet informed all of the families, but do say the suspect and victims knew one another.

De Jager said an emergency response team was deployed to another place in the city, but police said it was not related to the shootings and the incident was resolved.

"But there is a lot of construction going on around us here, so I just assumed it was something to do with that", Ms. Brennan said.

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.

"I can say from an investigative perspective, we are glad he did that so the community isn't on pins and needles [worrying that he is at large]".

"We continue to ask that you remain inside and avoid the area".

The man was laying on the lawn outside a home, she 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, Ms. Halvorson said.

"A little later I came out and saw all the commotion here with police cars and a deceased person lying under the tree", resident Renee Myers told Castanet.

A 60-year-old man is in custody.

About 45 minutes later, he heard a sound of "anguish", and his wife looked out the window and saw an older woman hugging someone, Mr. Kenward added. "You know that sound", he said.