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

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

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Penticton, B.C., RCMP says 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 by Penticton RCMP in connection with the shootings.

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

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

De Jager says numerous officers were sent to the areas of Eckhart Ave. and Lakeshore Dr., and Main St. and Powell Ave.

The four fatalities took place in three different locations within a 5-kilometre radius.

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

“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.”

Within minutes, she said, police vehicles had 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 B.C., with a population of about 30,000.

This story originally appeared on CBC

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