Nanaimo RCMP were on scene near Hawthorne Corner on Wakesiah Avenue late Saturday morning. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

UPDATED: Nanaimo RCMP investigating shooting death at Wakesiah and Jingle Pot

Nanaimo RCMP and Fire Rescue seen near Hawthorne Corner late Saturday morning

Nanaimo RCMP have begun an investigation after a man was killed in a shooting in the area of Wakesiah Avenue and Jingle Pot Road the morning of Saturday, Jan. 13.

Nanaimo police and fire vehicles were seen in the area Saturday morning and according to a press release, the deceased was found at 10:50 a.m. in a parking lot of an apartment complex in that area.RELATED: Nanaimo Fire Rescue battles car fire Saturday morning

“The identity of the deceased will not be released until the next of kin are notified,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, in a press release. “The deceased is known to police and the shooting appears to be a targeted incident.”

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Police tape was seen at an entrance to Hawthorne Corner off Wakesiah, with police vehicles in the lot. Access off of the Jingle Pot/Wakesiah intersection, leading into nearby housing, was also blocked off.

O’Brien said RCMP are also investigating the possibility that a vehicle fire, reported shortly after the incident, is related.

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