Nanaimo RCMP and forensics teams were at the Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel on Wednesday morning after a shooting in south Nanaimo left one dead and another man in custody. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin )

Shooting at south Nanaimo hotel leaves one dead

Nanaimo RCMP said one man was taken into custody in relation to the incident

One person is dead and one man is in custody after an early morning shooting Wednesday near downtown Nanaimo.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel at 1 Terminal Ave. at about 3:20 a.m.

When officers arrived, they found one person deceased in the lobby of the hotel from apparent gun shot wounds.

Approximately one hour later, a vehicle was stopped by North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officers and one man was taken into custody without incident.

The Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit assisted by RCMP forensics and plain clothes units are continuing with their investigation.

“At this time, this appears to be a targeted shooting and investigators do not believe there is any risk to the public,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, in a press release.

Dan Brady, hotel general manager, could only give minimal comment on the incident Wednesday morning.

“I can’t really comment right now, due to the ongoing RCMP investigation and due to the privacy of the guest that was shot,” Brady said.

The B.C. Coroners Service has been advised and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the shooting, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637 with keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.