June 04, 2015 - 1:58 PM
PENTICTON - Penticton Mounties are investigating what appears to be a homicide after shots were fired in the 1000 block of Lakeshore Road early this morning, June 4.
Around 3:20 a.m. RCMP were called and found a dead man at the scene, according to a news release. Officers in white coveralls are examining an outdoor staircase leading to the second floor of the Golden Sands Resort. The parking lot is cordoned off with police tape.
Police efforts this afternoon appeared to be concentrating on Churchill Avenue, the street that parallels Lakeshore Drive behind the resort.
Police assembled at the corner of Churchill and Alberni Street, donning coveralls around mid afternoon.
The police then began checking the bushes and dumpsters on Churchill Avenue. Several police cruisers remain in the neighbourhood.
“I live right behind Salty’s, and I never heard anything,” said a Churchill Avenue resident who lives behind and next door to the resort. He said police interviewed him earlier in the day.
Another resident said he thought he woke to someone arguing, but did not hear gunfire.
The resort office reopened early this afternoon but no one is commenting on the incident.
The Southeast Major Crime Unit and General Investigative Unit are assisting the Penticton investigators.
"Police believe this to be an isolated incident and want to reassure the public that they are currently not at risk," spokesperson Cpl. Dave Tyreman says.
The name of the deceased will not be released at this time pending notification of next of kin.
The Penticton RCMP is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to please contact the local detachment at 250-492-4300 or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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