AT approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday Nanaimo RCMP officers responded to a report of shots fired in the Rock City Plaza parking lot, located at 2980 Island Highway.
One male was found deceased from apparent gunshot wounds in a parked vehicle. The BC Coroners Service is attending.
As the investigation developed, officers arrested several individuals at the Best Western Hotel on Metral Drive. A vehicle associated to these individuals has been seized. The Best Western hotel was secured for a period of time while officers searched the interior of the building for any forensic evidence related to the shooting.
“This is a dynamic investigation and at this time we cannot confirm if there are others who are not in custody, who may be involved in this shooting. As further information becomes known, the public will be advised,” said Constable Gary O’Brien.
If you have any dash cam video from the area of Rock City Plaza from 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-18372.