Shots were heard in Whistler Village on Sunday.
Two people were killed in a shooting Sunday midday, which led to the closure of the station in Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, reports the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Two people were also arrested in connection with the attack near the Sundial Hotel in Whistler.
One person died at the scene and another succumbed to injuries at a local medical clinic, the RCMP said in a statement. Police say they don't know if the shooting and a recently discovered burnt-out car are related to this case or if there are links to an ongoing gang dispute.
British Columbia's Joint Organized Crime Investigation Unit said it is aware of the shooting and will assist lead investigators from the Integrated Investigation Team as needed. Homicide Investigation (EIEH).
Whistler Blackcomb spokeswoman Sara Roston said in an email that the RCMP had cleared the Whistler area of imminent danger , but that the resort was closed for the day out of respect for guests and those affected by the shooting.
Ms Roston says staff have temporarily resumed operations to allow guests to descend the mountain in chairlifts and gondolas and leave safely.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence, and we stand with our community.
— Sara Roston, Spokesperson, Whistler Blackcomb
RCMP say that although the attack occurred “out in the open” in an area of the village, officers believe there is no ongoing risk to the public.
“I am satisfied, thanks to the work carried out by our investigators , that no safety risk to the community remains,” Inspector Robert Dykstra, RCMP Officer in Charge of the Sea to Sky Corridor, said in a statement.
The EIEH could not be reached for comment on the matter.