Yukon News

Sudden death, drive-by shooting investigated

John Thompson Monday February 27, 2012

Ian Stewart/Yukon News


Byron Kodwat, 35, was found dead in the alley behind All-West Glass, near the Salvation Army on Saturday morning.

Whitehorse RCMP and the Yukon’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.

“We had an unfortunate sudden death downtown. The person frequented the Salvation Army,” he said.

Yukon coroner Sharon Hanley is investigating Kodwat’s death.

“There’s no suspicion of foul play whatsoever,” she said. “It could be hypothermia, but we’ll check it out.”

Meanwhile, Whitehorse police are also investigating a drive-by shooting at a Range Road home on Saturday evening.

“It’s not believed to be a random act,” said Rogers. “It’s targeted therefore we don’t believe the public is in any danger.”

Two adults and a child were in the home at the time. “Nobody was hurt, thankfully,” said Rogers.

Police believe that the shooter and occupants know each other, said Rogers. Beyond that, they’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 RCMP’s forensics team have recovered bullets from inside the house, but police aren’t disclosing how many shots are believed to have been fired. Nor are they offering descriptions of the getaway vehicle or firearm.

“We don’t want to be tipping our hand for any evidence we have at this time,” said Rogers.

“We have some good leads we’re following, some persons of interest. Hopefully we can bring this to a speedy resolution.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to phone the RCMP at 667-5555.

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Steve wrote:
7:13pm Tuesday March 13, 2012

Time to clean up drug related crime in Whitehorse Don. let’s see more action on this!

eesmith wrote:
11:08pm Tuesday March 6, 2012

ya - maybe Rogers needs to review the stats on the number of “untargeted”  victims injured in targeted shootings?

Mike wrote:
6:55pm Tuesday February 28, 2012

Is that really the best way to pose a headline? Just a bit misleading don’t ya think…

Jim wrote:
5:32am Tuesday February 28, 2012

I thought the comment from Sgt. Rogers that “the drive by shooting was targeted and that the public is therefore not in any danger” was rather humorous.  We really do live in the wild west!

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