The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) is investigating an early morning homicide that occurred in Victoria’s Rockland neighborhood on Tuesday.
Frontline officers with the Victoria Police Department say they were called to a residence in the 1000-block of Carberry Gardens at approximately 5 a.m. on Aug. 31.
“What we found was a man in medical distress suffering life-threatening injuries within a residence at that location,” said VicPD Cst. Cam Macintyre. “We provided some emergency first aid on scene, along with paramedics, however, that man died from his injuries.”
Detectives with the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit were then called to the scene to take over the investigation, with the incident now being treated as a homicide.
A resident in the neighborhood told CHEK News he happened to be up early when he heard an unusual sound.
“At about 4:20 a.m., I heard ‘pop pop’ and that was it. Nothing further,” said Don Mcconaghy. “Very odd sound … Not a bang, just ‘pop pop’.”
Police did not confirm if or what kind of weapon was used in the death. The investigation is in its early stages and no arrests have been made at this time.
“There is a suspect outstanding, however, we don’t believe there is a risk to the general public at this time,” said Cst. Macintyre.
Investigators are currently seeking anyone who may have information surrounding this incident, including dashcam or video footage of the area of the 1000-block of Carberry Gardens from 6 p.m. on the night of Aug. 30 to 6 a.m. this morning, Aug. 31.
VicPD confirmed this is the second homicide investigation of the year.
Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to call the VIIMCU Information Line at (250) 380-6211.