Canadian police say a 60-year-old man is in custody after four targeted shootings that killed two men and two women in the city of Penticton, British Columbia.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement. “Police have determined four people are deceased at three locations within a 5 km (3.1 mile) radius,” the statement said.
“A man matching the suspect’s description turned himself into the Penticton RCMP detachment. The man remains in custody while the investigation progresses. Preliminary indications are this was a targeted incident,” the statement said.
The initial shooting incident was reported at 10:30AM local time (1730 GMT). As police were en route to the scene, a second shooting was reported in another location.
The suspect in both shootings turned himself into the Canadian Police authorities about an hour after the first incident.
A motive for the shootings was still unknown. Such gun violence is rare in Canada.
However, the Police have confirmed they believe that all the people involved were known to each other and that “it was a targeted event.”
“Determining why this occurred is part of our ongoing investigation,” said RCMP regional commander Ted De Jager.
“I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community. Our hearts and thoughts are with all those impacted by this terribly tragic incident,” he added.
Penticton is a city in the Okanagan Valley of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada, situated between Okanagan and Skaha lakes. It is not too far from Vancouver and the border with the United States.