Vic­to­ria man held in Nanaimo death

Times Colonist - - The Cap­i­tal -

A Vic­to­ria man has been charged with first­de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with a tar­geted shoot­ing of a 34-year-old man in the lobby of the Howard John­son Ho­tel in Nanaimo early Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Bran­don Tyler Woody, 30, is charged with mur­der­ing An­drew Alexan­der McLean while us­ing a firearm, and with pos­sess­ing a firearm while pro­hib­ited to do so.

Woody re­mains in cus­tody and will ap­pear in Nanaimo pro­vin­cial court on May 2.

About 3:20 a.m. Wed­nes­day, a ho­tel em­ployee called 911 af­ter hear­ing gun­shots. Po­lice ar­rived at the ho­tel at 1 Ter­mi­nal Ave., and be­gan hunt­ing for the shooter. B.C. Am­bu­lance paramedics ar­rived and the vic­tim was pro­nounced dead from a pair of gun­shot wounds, said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.

About 4:20 a.m., a ve­hi­cle was stopped by North Cowichan/Dun­can RCMP and a sus­pect was ar­rested. The ve­hi­cle was seized, but O’Brien could not say if a weapon was re­cov­ered.

O’Brien re­leased lim­ited de­tails at a news con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, stress­ing that it’s still early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “This is an ex­treme case of vi­o­lence and we want to as­sure the pub­lic we be­lieve it was a tar­geted hit and the pub­lic is not at risk,” O’Brien said.

He said it’s too early to say if the shoot­ing was gang or drug-re­lated.

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