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UPDATE: 4 Dead in Penticton Downtown Shooting

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South Okanagan-Similkameen Supt. Ted De Jager says one male has been taken into custody after he turned himself in at the front desk of the Pentincton RCMP detachment.

Police have confirmed they believe "it was a targeted event."

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

De Jager says numerous officers were sent to the areas of Eckhart Avenue and Lakeshore Drive, and Main Street and Powell Avenue.

• The four fatalities occurred in three different locations within a five-kilometre radius.

One person died at the initial incident near Westminster Avenue and Lakeview Street, while three people died "in a suburban area" around Cornwall Drive.

"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.

The Penticton RCMP say four people are dead after a string of shootings in three different locations Monday morning in Downtown Penticton.

One male has been taken into custody by Penticton RCMP in connection with the shootings. Everyone in Penticton, B.C., is being asked to stay inside their homes and workplaces while Mounties deal with a the incident.

The RCMP in the Okanagan town have asked everyone to avoid the downtown area and remain indoors while they deal with what they call a "serious and unfolding incident." The public is asked to avoid the areas bordered by:

• Eckhardt Avenue and Lakeshore Drive

• Main Street and Power Street

'4 or 5' pops heard: witness

Shelly Halvorson was in her office at J & E Automotive Services when she heard "four or five" pops ring out.

"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 laying 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."

She says police have blocked the road from Heales Ave. to Westminster Ave.

Penticton isn’t less than 30miles (48 kilometers) It prompted a notice to the towns of Osoyoos BC and Orolville Wa but had no serious affect to the BC and WA towns nor the BC WA Border.

There is still more Information to follow.

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