- This was the tragic news this morning!!!
- Shootings at Western Forest Products sawmill in Nanaimo leaves 2 dead
Kevin Douglas Addison has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder with a firearm following a shooting Wednesday morning at a sawmill in Nanaimo, B.C., where he used to work.
The 47-year-old former employee of the Western Forest Products sawmill spoke in a clear voice when asked if he could hear the telephone proceedings from a cell block in Nanaimo late Wednesday night.
Former employee Kevin Douglas Addison was arrested after two people were shot and killed and two others were injured at the Western Forest Products sawmill in Nanaimo, B.C. (CBC)
Addison remains in custody and is scheduled to make another court appearance in Nanaimo on Thursday.
The incident Wednesday began shortly after 7 a.m. PT, when four people were shot at the sawmill, located in an industrial waterfront area of Nanaimo, a city on the east side of Vancouver Island.
Police arrived within minutes, took Addison into custody and recovered a shotgun at the scene. Air and ground ambulances rushed the four who were shot to hospitals in Nanaimo and Victoria.
Michael John Lunn, a 61-year-old father of three and grandfather of five, and 53-year-old Fred James McEachern were pronounced dead on arrival at Nanaimo General Hospital
Two other men were also seriously wounded. Company vice-president Tony Sudar, was shot in the face, and is reported to be in stable condition in Nanaimo General Hospital. Earl Kelly is in critical condition at Victoria General Hospital.
Community in mourning
The shooting shocked the community. Many residents came to lay flowers near the scene of the shootings.
Linda Bledsoe said her family was reeling from the sudden death of her brother, Michael Lunn.
Linda Bledsoe left flowers outside the Western Forest Products sawmill in Nanaimo, B.C., where her brother, Mike Lunn, was shot and killed Wednesday morning. (Curt Petrovich/CBC)
"I was staying over at my sister's place when we got the phone call. Yeah it was very hard. The family haven't been the same today," Bledsoe told reporters gathered outside the sawmill.
Bledsoe described Lunn as a lovable guy who drove a forklift at the sawmill.
"He was fun. He was very lovable and he was very jolly. And he loved his family very much, so it's a shock to all of us."
Keith Starkiewicz, who worked at the mill briefly, also stopped by to lay flowers at the growing memorial outside the mill gates.
Starkiewicz said he knew victim Fred McEachern, and described all the victims as good people, trying to make a living.
Officials with Western Forest Products said all of their sawmills on Vancouver Island were closed Wednesday after the shooting.
The Nanaimo mill was still surrounded by police tape on Thursday morning as police continued their investigation.
The company is providing employees with grief counselling and support.
A rare occurrence for this area!!!
Just a beautiful sunny morning and time for me to go kayaking…..I borrowed Ross's truck and loaded up the boat and away I went to a local beach to launch!!
like everything else I own the kayak has a name welcome to “the great one”!!!
the water was so calm and in minutes I was paddling away.
I walked around the Island and then had lunch before heading back!!
You can see how much the tide went out!!!
I really enjoyed my time out on the water!!!
I gave Heather a little treat this afternoon….4pm tea scones and real Devonshire cream and strawberry jam….
Anyone want to see my tan!!!!
going to show you anyway!!!
Not suitable for younger readers!!!
Any ways my winning ways continue at poker tonight but only 4 dollars!!!!
Thanks Ray for this!!!
>>> The first day of school our professor introduced
>>> himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know.
>>> I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.
>>> I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming
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>>> She said, 'Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven
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>>> 'Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?' I
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>>> motivated her to taking on this challenge at her age.
>>> 'I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm
>>> getting one! she told me.
>>> After class we walked to the student union building and
>>> shared a chocolate milkshake.
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>>> experience with me..
>>> Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and
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>>> At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our
>>> football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was
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>>> prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.
>>> Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the
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>>> As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ' We do not
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>>> There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy,
>>> and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.
>>> You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have
>>> so many people walking around who are dead
>>> and don't even know it!
>>> There is a huge difference between growing older and growing
>>> If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full
>>> year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.
>>> If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do
>>> anything I will turn eighty-eight.
>>> Anybody! Can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or
>>> ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.
>>> Have no regrets.
>>> The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but
>>> rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are
>>> those with regrets.
>>> She concluded her speech by courageously singing 'The Rose.'
>>> She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them
>>> out in our daily lives. At the year's end Rose finished the college
>>> degree she had begun all those months ago.
>>> One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.
>>> Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in
>>> tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never
>>> too late to be all you can possibly be.
>>> When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word
>>> of advice to your friends and family, they'll really enjoy it!
>>> These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
>>> REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS
>>> We make a living by what we get. We make a Life by what we
I resume you all remembered to say rabbits, rabbits, rabbits first thing this morning.