Sudden death, drive-by shooting investigated
Ian Stewart/Yukon News
Whitehorse RCMP and the Yukonâs 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.
âWe had an unfortunate sudden death downtown. The person frequented the Salvation Army,â he said.
Yukon coroner Sharon Hanley is investigating Kodwatâs death.
âThereâs no suspicion of foul play whatsoever,â she said. âIt could be hypothermia, but weâll check it out.â
Meanwhile, Whitehorse police are also investigating a drive-by shooting at a Range Road home on Saturday evening.
âItâs not believed to be a random act,â said Rogers. âItâs targeted therefore we donât believe the public is in any danger.â
Two adults and a child were in the home at the time. âNobody was hurt, thankfully,â said Rogers.
Police believe that the shooter and occupants know each other, said Rogers. Beyond that, theyâre 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 RCMPâs forensics team have recovered bullets from inside the house, but police arenât disclosing how many shots are believed to have been fired. Nor are they offering descriptions of the getaway vehicle or firearm.
âWe donât want to be tipping our hand for any evidence we have at this time,â said Rogers.
âWe have some good leads weâre following, some persons of interest. Hopefully we can bring this to a speedy resolution.â
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to phone the RCMP at 667-5555.