Two people were shot dead at Whistler Mountain Resort, BC, yesterday afternoon. RCMP has arrested a number of suspects.
The incident happened behind the Sundial and Pan Pacific Hotels near Skier’s Plaza, close to the base of Whistler Mountain. Police were called to the scene at 12:20 pm and arrived to find one man deceased and another in distress. Efforts were unsuccessfully made to preserve the man’s life and he died later in hospital.
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The victims were later named Satindera Gill and Meninder Dhaliwal, members of the Lower Mainland-based Brothers Keepers gang. Both were known to police who said the shooting appeared to be gang-related.
“We believe this to be a targeted incident” in relation to an ongoing gang conflict”
– Sgt. Timothy Pierotti of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
Guests hid within nearby businesses after reports of the shooting spread on social media.
Two suspects were later arrested on Highway 99, near Squamish after the police pulled over a vehicle, and further arrests have since been made. A burning vehicle believed to be associated with the shooting was located nearby in the Blueberry neighborhood.
Our teams have resumed operations temporarily to allow guests to download the mountains and leave safely. We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence, and we stand in support of our community.
— Whistler Blackcomb Operations (@wbmtnops) July 24, 2022
The resort was closed immediately and was closed for the remainder of the day. The resort tweeted that an “incident” in the village prompted it to put the Fitzsimmons Express chairlift and the Whistler Village Gondola on standby Sunday afternoon. Operations were temporarily resumed at 3 pm to allow guests to download and leave safely.
“Out of respect for all of those impacted, and our guests and team members, we will be closing Whistler Blackcomb for the rest of the day, effective immediately.”
– Whistler Blackcomb Ops Tweet
Videos of the bloody carnage were shared on social media. We are choosing not to share those here.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team will be taking over the investigation, with assistance from British Columbia’s anti-gang agency, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, and others.