Whitehorse RCMP investigating a attempted murder incident on Alaska Highway

Whitehorse, Yukon – The investigation into the shooting of a vehicle on the Alaska Highway is continuing and progressing.

Attempted Murder
Attempted Murder

Yesterday afternoon, on January 24 at 12:40 pm, Whitehorse RCMP attended to reports of gunshots being heard on the Alaska Highway, in the Porter Creek area. Police officers discovered a vacant Hyundai Sonata in the ditch, and appeared to have been shot at.

Investigators have been able to determine and locate two occupants of the vehicle, uninjured. The incident is believed to be targeted and related to the illicit drug trade and organized crime. As such, Whitehorse RCMP is now investigating the incident as an attempted murder x 2.

Statement by Superintendent Chan Daktari Dara at media availability on Alaska Highway shooting

“We are very concerned with this overt display of violence and the blatant disregard for public safety,” says Inspector Lindsay Ellis, Office in Charge of Whitehorse RCMP. “A number of specialized units have been working around the clock on this active investigation and in searching for the suspect, who remains at large” she adds.

We continue to ask for public assistance in locating the suspect and the associated vehicle he was seen traveling in, northbound on the Alaska Highway. The following are some initial descriptions:

Black male

Approximately 6 feet tall

Possibly driving a small light coloured SUV, possibly a Toyota RAV4

If you see anyone matching the description of the suspect or the suspect vehicle, please do not approach, and call Whitehorse RCMP immediately at 867-667-5555. Anyone who may have witnessed these incidents is also urged to contact police.

BACKGROUND

On January 24 at 12:40 pm, Whitehorse RCMP were called to a single motor vehicle incident on the Alaska Highway in the Porter Creek area, near Centennial Street and Wann Road. Upon arrival, police officers discovered the vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata, vacant of any occupants, and appeared to have been shot at. One lane of the Alaska Highway was closed in order to investigate but now is open to traffic.

The investigation is evolving and police are pursuing several leads. We are advising the public to continue to expect a police presence in the area.

In addition to our search for a potential victim(s), investigators are also reviewing video surveillance from various businesses in the area for a potential suspect. The following are some initial description of the suspect and associated vehicle that fled north on the Alaska Highway:

Black male

Approximately 6 feet tall

Possibly driving a small light coloured SUV, possibly a Toyota RAV4

If you see anyone matching the description of the suspect or the suspect vehicle, please do not approach, and call Whitehorse RCMP immediately at 867-667-5555. Anyone who may have witnessed these incidents is also urged to contact police.

More information to come as details become available.

Yukon RCMP



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