Police say a suspect is at large and believed to be “armed and dangerous” following a shooting in Chilliwack – about an hour’s drive east of Vancouver – that killed two women and injured a man.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has named Eric John Shestalo, 50, as a suspect in the triple shooting at a house in the 9700 block of McNaught Road, near Yale Road, just east of the center -city of Chilliwack around 11 a.m. Thursday.
Police said the public should exercise caution if they spot Shestalo. People are asked to call 911 and stay away.
Shestalo is described as:
- Five feet nine inches tall.
- 176 pounds.
- Last seen wearing black pants, a black jacket, and a black hat with orange trim.
Police said he was last seen driving a red 1990 Jeep YJ, “which appears to have a yellow painted front end and may have BC license plate MT981W on it” .
“Officers are working to locate Mr. Shestalo and any witnesses to this devastating incident.” sergeant. Timothy Pierotti with IHIT said in a statement.
“We urge anyone with information, dash cam footage or home security footage to come forward and speak to police as soon as possible.”
Police said Shestalo knew the victims and the shooting was believed to have been targeted.
They said officers who arrived at the scene found the three people shot dead. One woman has already been killed, another had life-threatening injuries and the man had non-life-threatening injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene.
British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) said their crews arrived just after 11 a.m. One person was airlifted to hospital while another was transported by land ambulance.
Police said the woman was airlifted to Royal Columbian Hospital where she died.
Chilliwack RCMP initially asked residents to stay indoors and also advised the public to avoid the area.
Cream of the Crop Childcare, about a kilometer from the scene of the incident, said it placed its children in a secure place for about three hours, which meant they were not allowed to play outside.
Police said they want to hear from witnesses, anyone with home security cameras in the area or anyone driving in the area from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday with dash cam footage.
IHIT said the Coroners Service and a number of RCMP agencies are investigating. They announced a press conference for Friday morning.