Arrest made in Celista triple shooting; one victim dies in hospital

RCMP are investigating a triple shooting Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in the small Shuswap community of Celista.
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CELISTA – A shooting in the small Shuswap community of Celista last weekend has turned into a murder investigation after one of the victims has died in hospital.

RCMP arrested a suspect on Thursday, Feb. 11 in connection with the shooting.

Richard Allen Williams, 59, appeared in court yesterday and was remanded in custody. He’ll be back in court on Feb. 18.

Williams is facing six charges including attempted murder, discharge of a firearm with intent to wound, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, break and enter and disguising a face with intent to commit an offence, court records say.

A 50-year-old man died in hospital on Thursday from his injuries, police say in a media release. His death is now being treated as a homicide.

His identity has not been released.

Three men sustained injuries caused by gunshots Sunday, Feb. 7. All three were taken to hospital. One of the men was treated and released on the day of the shooting. The other man got out of the hospital on Thursday.

Police have said the shooting in Celista was not a random occurrence, but won’t say what the motive was.

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