Jenn Drewes

One man is dead following a brazen daylight shooting in Nanaimo Thursday afternoon.

Nanaimo RCMP said they received reports of shots fired at around 3:30 p.m. in the Rock City Plaza parking lot, located at 2980 Island Highway.

One man was found deceased in a parked vehicle, from apparent gunshot wounds.

Several individuals were arrested shortly after at the Best Western Hotel on Metral Drive. A vehicle associated with the individuals has been seized, according to police.

The Best Western hotel was secured for a period of time while officers searched the interior of the building for any forensic evidence related to the shooting.

“This is a dynamic investigation and at this time we cannot confirm if there are others who are not in custody, who may be involved in this shooting. As further information becomes known, the public will be advised,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Police are seeking dashcam video from the area of Rock City Plaza from 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm today.

Anyone with information or video should contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-18372.

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