On May 7, 2018, the RCMP issued a statement seeking witnesses and information regarding a shooting that took place in Vernon. The shooting occurred at noon in the 2700-block of 43 Avenue.
The alleged shooter was described as Caucasian, 5’9, with blonde hair, and leaving the scene of the crime in a grey, 1996 Ford Crown Victoria. The vehicle was assumed to flee the West Kelowna area at approximately 1:30 pm.
Later that day, at approximately 8:30 pm, Penticton RCMP were called to a motel in Westminister Avenue after receiving reports of a man with a gun. The man’s description matched that of the earlier shooting.
The suspect fled the scene before police could arrive.
Less than 10 minutes later, RCMP received a report of a carjacking in the 100-block of Maple street by a man with the same physical description.
The suspect requested a ride to the hospital to “see a sick family member.” Once inside the car, he assaulted the driver and forced him out of the vehicle, a blueish-grey Pontiac Vibe.
The victim was reported to have sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The next morning, at 8:35 am, the RCMP were notified that the victim’s stolen vehicle was mobile and seen near the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo. Fortunately, the driver was arrested as the vehicle left the ferry.
RCMP are now requesting the public’s assistance to locate a grey, 1996 Ford Crown Victoria, with a BC License Plate DR2 58M and any additional witnesses to the incidents.
Investigators are currently working to confirm whether the various incidents are connected, as well as if the aforementioned crimes were committed by an individual or a group.