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Man wounded in Nanaimo gunfight charged with murder


NANAIMO, B.C. – A man badly wounded in a brazen afternoon gun battle in the town centre has been charged with first degree murder.

Bullets flew and police found firearms and shell casings following the gunfight that resulted in one death and two injuries in the 2000-block of Wilgress Road on Tuesday.

Simon Phillip Dockerill, 31, of Nanoose, B.C. – a town ten kilometres north of Nanaimo was charged with first degree murder while lying in hospital bed under police guard.

His bail hearing was also conducted in hospital and police said he may spend several weeks in hospital recovering from his injuries from the shocking shooting incident which could have hurt many innocent people.

A second man, 30, who was also expected to be charged was let go. Police said no charges are now expected against him.

 Police said the scene of the shooting is still closed to the public.

A 47-year-old man died in the incident. Police have not released his identity since it is still tentative.

” As far as identifying the deceased, his identity has not been established to the degree where we are comfortable releasing his name. Once certain criteria have been met, his name will be released forthwith” said Const.  Gary O’Brien.

“The shooting scene is still closed to the public while RCMP Ballistic experts continue with their examination and it is not expected to be open until sometime tomorrow (Thursday.)

Police finally removed the dead man’s body from the parking lot of the funeral at around 10:45 p.m. An autopsy is planned.

Cops said they recovered several guns at the scene as well as bullet casings scattered around the lot.

“We want to ensure the public that our investigators are confident that this was not a random shooting. We recognize though there was significant risk to the public during the incident and are thankful there were no reports of any injuries to the general public,” said O’Brien.

“We feel there is no further risk the public and that all the parties involved are in police custody.”


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