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Shooting victims in Penticton, B.C., remembered before vigil at city park

Shooting victims in Penticton, B.C., remembered before vigil at city park
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PENTICTON, B.C. -- Family and friends are remembering neighbours who were gunned down in Penticton as the small city in British Columbia s south Okanagan held a vigil Wednesday for the four victims.

Jeff Schwarz says his uncle Rudi Winter, 71, was a gentle person who liked to keep the peace.

"Rudi wouldn t hurt a fly. He s the most calm, peaceful guy you d ever meet. If there was a confrontation, he wouldn t address it," he said, adding that Winter "pretty much" raised him.

Winter was fatally shot on Monday while helping a friend with some yard work in downtown Penticton. Soon after, another man and two women in their 60s and 70s were shot in a residential neighbourhood, RCMP said.

Supt. Ted De Jager said a suspect walked into the Penticton RCMP detachment and surrendered about one hour after police first received a report of a possible shooting.

John Brittain, 68, a former employee in the city s engineering department, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. None of the allegations against him has been tested in court.

A lawyer who represented Brittain during a court appearance on Tuesday could not immediately be reached for comment.

Neighbours of Barry and Susan Wonch, who a family member confirmed were also victims of the shootings, described the retired couple as warm and friendly people.
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