On April 15, 2019, a quiet BC town went partly into shutdown mode when a man went on a shooting spree, killing multiple people in different locations. According to police, a 60-year-old BC man was charged with murder after a shooting in Penticton. They believe that this attack was targeted and as a result, the suspect has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder.
Yesterday morning on April 15, 2019, police in Penticton, British Columbia received a report of a possible shooting at around 10:30 AM. They were called to the area of Westminster Avenue and Haynes Street due to report of a man being shot. According to RCMP, while police, dogs, and aircrew attended the scene, another shooting was called in.
At around 11:30 AM, a man matching the description of the suspect turned himself into the Penticton RCMP detachment office. As of now, the man remains in police custody while the investigation continues. In a Facebook live stream video, RCMP called this attack targeted.
During the initial investigation, surveillance of the area was conducted and police identified multiple locations in which numerous victims were confirmed. Police have come forward publicly to state that four people have died as a result in three different locations within a 5 km radius.
At this time, the identities of the individuals will not be confirmed by police unless there is an investigative need to do so. However, police have confirmed that two men and two women were the victims.
During the investigation, residents of Penticton were urged not to enter certain areas. Crime scene restrictions were imposed on the 2400 block of Cornwall Drive and the 400 block of Heales Avenue near Lakeview Street. All the restrictions have since been lifted.
The 60-year-old suspect remains in police custody. Now, John Brittain is facing three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. He is due to appear in court again next month on May 8, 2019.
John Brittain being led into the Penticton court house this morning. He’s charged with 3 counts of 1st degree murder and 1 count of 2nd degree murder in connection with a shooting rampage yesterday. He’s a retired City of Penticton engineer. pic.twitter.com/rf3UuJaQG6— Brady Strachan (@BradyStrachan) April 16, 2019
While the motive for the shootings still remains a mystery, RCMP have stated that it was a targeted attack. According to the City of Penticton website, Brittain was a former city employee who worked as a development technician.
https://t.co/2KtdeB85Wj He has turned himself in and I hope he gets the sentence he deserves with proper mental evaluation. He obviously plotted where he was going. Those people did not deserve to die like this.— DT Jackson (@WhoIsDTJackson) April 15, 2019
Narcity has reached out to the RCMP for a comment. A public press conference is set to be held later today where more information will be released to the public.