THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) on Friday announced that the four victims of the shooting deaths in a Richmond residence in the 4500-block of Garden City Road on January 24 are from a single family and consist of a 71-year-old father, 58-year-old mother, and two adult children aged 23 and 21. The extended family have requested privacy and so the names are not being released.
IHIT said investigators are confirming that this does not appear to be an incident of partner violence. At this stage, preliminary findings suggest that one of the family members was the shooter.
IHIT said investigators have followed the evidence, starting with a search warrant without presumptions on motive or responsibility. At this time, evidence uncovered suggests this was a murder-suicide; however, final confirmation is not possible until ballistics are analyzed and autopsies are completed.
“Factors leading up to this shooting are still being determined,” said IHIT Sgt. David Lee. “People are searching for answers and asking if there were signs. We hope to provide more answers in days to come.”
IHIT had earlier said that the victims had no associations to gangs or criminal activities.
On Tuesday evening, Richmond RCMP responded to the 4500-block of Garden City Road following a complaint. RCMP frontline responders found four deceased people inside the residence who where later confirmed to be victims of a shooting. IHIT was called in to investigate. It is believed that the shooting occurred the day before — on January 24 — around 7 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.