Sudden death, drive-by shooting investigated
Ian Stewart/Yukon News
Whitehorse RCMP and the Yukonâ€™s coroner say the sudden death of a 35-year-old man in the downtown area on the weekend is not considered suspicious.
Byron Kodwat, 35, was found dead in the alley behind All-West Glass, near the Salvation Army on Saturday morning, said Sgt. Don Rogers.
â€śWe had an unfortunate sudden death downtown. The person frequented the Salvation Army,â€ť he said.
Yukon coroner Sharon Hanley is investigating Kodwatâ€™s death.
â€śThereâ€™s no suspicion of foul play whatsoever,â€ť she said. â€śIt could be hypothermia, but weâ€™ll check it out.â€ť
Meanwhile, Whitehorse police are also investigating a drive-by shooting at a Range Road home on Saturday evening.
â€śItâ€™s not believed to be a random act,â€ť said Rogers. â€śItâ€™s targeted therefore we donâ€™t believe the public is in any danger.â€ť
Two adults and a child were in the home at the time. â€śNobody was hurt, thankfully,â€ť said Rogers.
Police believe that the shooter and occupants know each other, said Rogers. Beyond that, theyâ€™re remaining tight-lipped.
The name of the side street off the north end of Range Road is not being released either. Police say they want to deter residents from rubbernecking at a crime scene.
The RCMPâ€™s forensics team have recovered bullets from inside the house, but police arenâ€™t disclosing how many shots are believed to have been fired. Nor are they offering descriptions of the getaway vehicle or firearm.
â€śWe donâ€™t want to be tipping our hand for any evidence we have at this time,â€ť said Rogers.
â€śWe have some good leads weâ€™re following, some persons of interest. Hopefully we can bring this to a speedy resolution.â€ť
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to phone the RCMP at 667-5555.