Whitehorse RCMP Insp. Keith MacKinnon at the scene of a shooting in the Porter Creek neighbourhood Wednesday night. (Jesse Winter/ Yukon News)

B.C. man dead after shooting near Alaska Highway

Police still routing traffic around scene in Porter Creek

A 25-year-old B.C. man has died in the territory’s seventh homicide this year.

The man was shot in the Porter Creek neighbourhood Sept. 20 and died at Whitehorse General Hospital the next day.

Whitehorse RCMP responded to reports of multiple gunshots around 6:40 p.m. at the intersection of Wann Road and the Alaska Highway.

“There were two vehicles involved in this incident. Just before 6:40 p.m. the vehicle driven by the victim of the shooting was in close proximity to another vehicle, believed to be a red pickup truck,” RCMP Insp. Keith MacKinnon said Thursday.

“Reports made to the police indicated that multiple shots were being fired in the area. A red pickup truck was seen fleeing the scene.”

A second person who was in the vehicle with the victim was not injured, MacKinnon said.

Police aren’t yet releasing many details. MacKinnon couldn’t comment on how many shots were fired. Investigators recovered a gun from the scene, he said, but it’s too early to say whether all the shots came from the same gun.

Police are still looking for the red pickup. It is described as a newer-style Dodge Ram crew cab.

Witnesses nearby said they both heard the gunshots and called the police.

“I heard three loud pops,” one witness said. “We thought it was a motorcycle backfiring but then I saw a red truck speeding away. It’s hard to say for sure. It all happened so fast.”

With files from Jesse Winter

 

Whitehorse RCMP investigate the scene of a shooting in the Porter Creek neighbourhood Wednesday night. (Jesse Winter/ Yukon News)

Just Posted

Kwalikum Secondary student back from year in Netherlands

Don’t pass up opportunity to travel with Qualicum Beach Rotary’s help, says Taylor Hunter

Resident slam loud dynamite blasting at Cedar Ridge Estate development

Sleigh feels insulted by Mayor Lefebrve who failed to understand their suffering

RDN creates new service to fund INfilm

Regional district to enter three year agreement with film commision for annual funding of $50,000

Bowser school asks RDN to double funding for outdoor learning area

From $30,000 to $60,000 for Tulnuxw Lelum Cultural Learning Space

Collison slows traffic on Highway 19 in Parksville

Pickup collides with median divider in heavy rain

VIDEO: Parksville home to new film studio

Film studio just off Highway 4A

Dodgers punch ticket to World Series

This will be the first time the Los Angles Dodgers have made it to the World Series since 1988.

Surf group winning the war on plastic bags

The Tofino Co-op will no longer provide plastic bags, following in the footsteps of the Ucluelet location that already made the change earlier this year.

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

B.C. woman plagued by bedbugs on airplane not surprising, says expert

Heather Szilagyi was on a British Airways flight when she noticed bedbugs crawling out of the seat

4 B.C. prisons install body scanners to combat drug smuggling

The scanners are aimed to combat the smuggling of contraband including weapons and drugs

Outspoken Mountie assigned to admin duties for refusing to shave goatee

The 15-year veteran of the force said he believes the RCMP is targeting him

Victim in fatal ammonia leak remembered for his passion and smile

Friends and colleagues remember Lloyd Smith as someone who was always willing to help people

VIDEO: Working with Paul McCartney ‘an out of this world musical experience’

B.C. pipe band member shares memories of recording 1977 U.K. hit ‘Mull of Kintyre’

Most Read