First responders were on scene of a car fire in the Elizabeth Street area of Nanaimo Saturday morning. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

UPDATED: Nanaimo RCMP investigating whether car fire and shooting linked

Nanaimo RCMP say shooting took place at Wakesiah area earlier with man deceased

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating whether a car fire in the Manning and Elizabeth street area in Nanaimo is related to a shooting death that took place the morning of Saturday, Jan. 13.

Nanaimo first responders were on scene at a car fire at the 400 block of Elizabeth Street around 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

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Nanaimo RCMP subsequently expanded the perimeter around the area and neither police or firefighters would comment about the nature of the incident at the time.RELATED: Nanaimo RCMP investigating shooting death at Wakesiah and Jingle Pot

In a subsequent press release, Const. Gary O’Brien said the fire was being investigated in relation to the shooting, where a man was found dead at approximately 10:50 a.m. after a shooting in the Wakesiah Avenue/Second Street area.

The victim was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

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