Neighbours in the North Okanagan are reacting to news that shots were fired, one man is injured and another is dead.
“Just before 1 a.m., on Friday, Feb. 8, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress,” said RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett.
“Approximately half an hour later, after the break-in incident was reported, RCMP were called to another address located in the 4800 block of 27th Street in Vernon, B.C., in regards to a male who had sustained an apparent gunshot injury. This male has since died as a result of his injuries.”
The break-in occurred at a residence on Park Lane in rural Lavington, where police had the place cordoned off. There were several evidence markers left on the ground by the RCMP, not far from the entrance to the laneway to the residence.
Of note, the front door of the house was still slightly open, the window to the front door was smashed and there’s some red material on the ground by the front entrance, along with some broken glass and a two-by-four.
RCMP say when they got the call, they heard that shots had been fired and that one of the occupants was injured.
RCMP believe the two incidents are related, that it was a targeted attack and they have one male in custody.
After the Lavington incident, police showed up in the parking lot of the Village Green Hotel, where a minivan is under an RCMP tent.
RCMP say they found a male who had died from an apparent gunshot wound in the parking lot. Whether or not the individual was shot in the van is still not clear, but it should be noted there are blood stains on the ground, just outside the front passenger door
As for the identity of the victim, police are not saying, but this might offer a hint. While at the RCMP detachment earlier today, waiting for a news conference to begin on the shooting, a woman showed up saying she was the mother of the boy who was shot last night. And she said she had driven all the way from Princeton.
A man has died from a gunshot injury, and it may be related to a targeted break and enter that took place early Friday, according to police.
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP say they were called to a home along the 9800 block of Park Lane in Lavington at approximately 1 a.m. on Friday for a break and enter that was in progress. Multiple shots were reportedly fired, with one occupant of the home sustaining what police called non-life threatening injuries.
Police added that approximately 30 minutes later, they were called to the 4800 block of 27th Street in Vernon for a man with an apparent gunshot injury. The man later died.
“Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officers have currently secured and are investigating multiple crime scenes and believe that the two incidents may be related at this time,” said Vernon RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett. “The investigation remains in its early stages, as police continue to examine the scenes for physical evidence and canvass the areas for witnesses.
Police added that one man is in custody.