UPDATE: RICHMOND, B.C. - Police say two men and two women who were found dead at a home after a shooting in Richmond, B.C., were from the same family.
Sgt. David Lee of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said the identities of the four people aren't being released until their family members have been notified.
"This is a tragic loss of life, but we are able to confirm the community is not at risk," Lee said Thursday. "Based on evidence collected at the scene and other information available to us, we’re able to confirm that all persons involved in, and responsible for the homicide, were located at the scene.
"There are no suspects at large and (we are) not looking for any additional persons."
He said investigators have confirmed that the shooting was an isolated incident and the deaths are not a result of partner violence.
Lee said one of the deceased had a valid firearms licence and access toguns. The family members had no known associations to criminal activities, he said.
The two men and two women were found in the home Tuesday, although police say they have confirmedthe shootings happened on Monday evening.
"There was a call to British Columbia RCMP for a suspicious occurrence at the house (on Tuesday) and the police responded to check on the family right away," Lee said when asked about the delay.
He said a search warrant was executed Thursday that allowed officers to continue their investigation at the scene with the help of the BC Coroners Service and the Integrated Forensic Identification Section.
A timeline of events is being constructed and a motive has not yet been determined, police said.
Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and are asking that anyone who was in the area on Jan. 24 or has information to contact the homicide team.
On the evening of Tuesday, January 25, 2022, the Richmond RCMP responded to the 4500-block of Garden City Road, Richmond in response to a complaint. Upon arrival, Richmond RCMP frontline responders found four deceased people inside the residence who where later confirmed to be victims of a shooting. IHIT was called to investigate.
4 PERSONS FOUND DECEASED IN RICHMOND RESIDENCE— IHIT (@HomicideTeam) January 26, 2022
IHIT continues to process the scene. The identities of the victims are not being released at this time, but they are believed to have known each other. pic.twitter.com/eZk614nXcl
“It is a traumatic incident the community is waking up to,” said Sergeant David Lee of IHIT, “our investigators are scouring the area looking for information as this event unfolds. We hope to provide the community with answers soon.”
The scene is secured and being examined by homicide investigators with the assistance of the Richmond RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), and the BC Coroners Service. Initial information gathered indicates that this is a targeted shooting, but not connected to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict. The identities of the victims are not being released at this time, but they are believed to have known each other.
IHIT continues to process the scene and canvass for witnesses and CCTV. It is believed that the shooting occurred the day before, on January 24, 2022 around 7 p.m. Homicide investigators are seeking witnesses who were in the area of Garden City Road near Odlin and Leslie Road and saw or heard anything suspicious.