Two people were killed and two others were injured, one seriously, in shootings at four locations in Langley, British Columbia, early Monday morning.
Police officers later shot and killed the gunman, who authorities said was responsible for all the shootings.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they responded to reports of shots fired “at several different scenes throughout the town and township of Langley,” about 30 miles southeast of downtown Vancouver.
Police said the shooting began around midnight in the Cascades Casino area, where a woman was critically injured. Police said the shooting was reported about 3 a.m. near Creek Stone Place, an assisted housing complex, where a man was found dead, and less than a mile away at 5 a.m., where another person was killed.
Police shot and killed the gunman around 5:45 a.m. at the scene of the last shooting on a highway called the Langley Bypass. The last victim, a man, was injured there, Sgt. David Lee of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team gave this information at a press conference on Monday afternoon. Sergeant Lee did not specify what type of weapon was used.
The names of the victims and the gunman, who Sergeant Lee said was “known to police,” were not immediately released pending notification of next of kin.
Authorities said they are trying to determine a motive for the shooting.
“These people were targeted, but how they are related to the shooter, we are still trying to determine,” Sergeant Lee said.
The shootings prompted authorities to issue an emergency alert for cellphone users in the area. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Chief Superintendent Ghalib Bhayani said Monday was “only the second time a public safety alert has been issued by the RCMP in British Columbia.” The first followed a report of an armed man in a pickup truck in Vanderhoof in November.
An urgent warning The release Monday said one of the shootings in Langley involved a “transient victim,” but Sergeant Lee said authorities did not know if the victims were homeless.
The alert described the gunman as a white man with dark hair, wearing a Carhartt coverall and a blue-green camouflage pattern T-shirt.
Langley Mayor Val Van Den Broeck said the shooting was a tragic incident.
“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, families and friends of those involved,” he said.