Statement provided by Inspector Keith MacKinnon, Officer of Charge of Whitehorse RCMP Detachment.
Around 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, Whitehorse RCMP responded to a reported shooting in Porter Creek, at the intersection of Alaska Highway and Wann Road.
Understanding that the investigation is still very much in the early stages, here is what we can tell you at this point.
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 have been a red pick-up truck. Reports made to police indicated that multiple shots were heard being fired in the area. A red pick-up truck was seen fleeing the scene.
A 25-year old man from British Columbia was struck and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. There was one other man in the vehicle with the victim. He was not injured.
The victim of the shooting succumbed to his injuries on September 21st, 2017 at Whitehorse General Hospital.
The Major Crime Unit has taken over this investigation and are treating this as a homicide.
Officers are still looking to locate the red pick-up truck that was seen fleeing the scene. To help narrow the scope, a photo is being provided of the suspect vehicle. It is described as a newer style Dodge Ram, crew cab, red in colour.
We understand that this situation, compounded with other violent crimes that have recently occurred in the city, creates some fear and unease in the community.
The information we currently have about this incident indicates that this shooting was not random. How the individuals were connected, if at all, and if there are linkages to other activities – those are all things we're currently working to determine.
There is still a detour in effect at the location of Alaska Highway and Wann Rd at this time. Vehicles can still get through via the detour, but there may be delays at peak periods. There are still investigators working at the scene, and we do not currently have an estimate for when the scene will be released.
The investigation is very much active, and continuing.
The RCMP is asking anyone who has information and has not yet spoken to police to please contact Whitehorse RCMP as soon as possible.
Information can also be provided via Crime Stoppers.