Penticton Man Charged with Four Counts of Murder

John Brittain is accused of shooting and killing four people in Penticton on Monday.

Four people were killed in three different locations in an hour-long shooting spree in Penticton that started around 10:30 am PST on Monday, April 15th.

RCMP Superintendent Ted De Jager reported that Brittain turned himself into the detachment at 11:27 am and was unarmed at the time.

Brittain, a 68-year-old man from Penticton, is facing three charges of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. The Canadian Criminal Code states that first-degree murder is a killing that was planned and deliberate, while second-degree was not.

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki says Brittain was formerly an engineer with the City of Penticton for several years.

Two of the victims have been confirmed to be women and two of them men, all in their 60's and 70's. De Jager says they are guided by privacy laws, and at this time, they will not be releasing the names of the victims.

The shootings are believed to be targeted.

Brittain made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning and is next scheduled for a bail hearing on May 8th in the Penticton Law Courts.

De Jager says there are no ongoing threats in the areas where the shootings took place.

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