Man gunned down in brazen Nanaimo shooting

Man gunned down in brazen Nanaimo shooting
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UPDATE: The man killed has been identified as 34-year-old Troy Dax McKinnon, RCMP say the persons responsible have not yet been found. Original story below: 

A shattered car window, police interviewing witnesses and a lifeless body. This is the scene shortly after witnesses say they heard shots fired.

“About six shots probably went off,” said neighbour Caleb Johanson. “I looked our bedroom window and I could see there were some cars with holes in them and then went out a little bit later and there was actually a bullet hole by my door to my place, about head height.”

Witnesses say they heard five to seven shots before seeing a car speed away. Police won’t say if the victim was shot inside his car.

It happened shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday morning in Hawthorne Corner, at Wakesiah Avenue and 2nd Street.

Once RCMP secured the scene first responders moved in.

“They found an adult male deceased from a pair of gunshot wounds,” said Cst. Gary O’Brien of Nanaimo RCMP.

The victim has been identified as 34-year-old Troy Dax McKinnon.

“[I] think there were three gunshots in the window,” said Chaker Espinoza, who was in the parking lot when first responders started arriving. “They were trying to revive him a couple of meters away from the car and I think the dog and the owner passed away.”

Shortly after Nanaimo Fire Rescue was called to a car fire nearly three blocks away.

“Certain individuals may have left the scene,” said O’Brien. “We’re trying to connect the dots between that vehicle and possibly being involved in the shooting.”

Witnesses say the victim lived in Hawthorne Corner complex.

“He always had his car parked out there,” said Espinoza. “Really nice guy. Always passed by and said hi.”

RCMP want to assure the public this was not random.

“This is a very brazen act of violence, inherent risk to the public, but having said that we believe it’s a targeted hit,” added O’Brien.

The shooting has left those in this family-friendly neighbourhood shaken.

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