Sawmill Shooting in British Columbia Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Injured

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Thursday, 01 May 2014 01:33 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A sawmill shooting in British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday left two people dead and two others injured.

The fatal shooting occurred at the Western Forest Products sawmill in Nanaimo, B.C., shortly after 7 a.m., Reuters reported. The suspect, whose name has yet to be released, was said to be a 47-year-old male who was a former employee at the facility.

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The suspect was arrested by police at the scene, having reportedly arrived onsite within three minutes of when shooting was called in. Authorities later removed a shotgun from the sawmill.

One of those killed at the shooting was Mike Lunn, who was reportedly shot as he was arriving at work, according to his sister Linda Bledsoe, who spoke to reporters on Wednesday.

A father of three and grandfather to five, Lunn was "a great guy," Bledsoe said.

"He was fun. He was very lovable, very jolly, and he loved his family very much," she added. "It's a shock to all of us because he's had a lot of great dreams. He's very family-oriented."

Tony Sudar, vice-president of manufacturing at Western Forest Products, was identified as one of the two survivors from the sawmill shooting, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Standing outside Nanaimo General Hospital where the shooting victim had been airlifted, Sudar's wife said that her husband had been shot in the face and was in stable condition, the CBC reported. The wife added that her husband was shot as he turned around after he felt someone was walking behind him.

According to police, the shooter appears to have been a lone gunman.

"I want to stress that at this time, we have no indication that there are any other suspects involved in this investigation," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Supt. Mark Fisher said at a Wednesday news conference.

"It's going to be a challenge, but as detachment commander and a long-time resident of Vancouver Island, I can confirm that this type of extreme violence is extremely rare," Fisher added.

While the Western Forest Products sawmill reportedly employs about 75 workers, just a handful of people were at the facility when the gunman opened fire, according to witnesses.

"There was hardly nobody here then," trucker Al Thompson told CBC News. "No employees had started or anything. Ten minutes later, I hear this stuff going down."

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