RCMP forensic investigators gather evidence in the lobby of the Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel where a man was shot and killed Wednesday morning. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Charges laid in Nanaimo shooting death

Victoria man charged for fatal shooting in downtown Nanaimo

Charges have been laid in connection with the shooting in Nanaimo on Wednesday that claimed the life of a 34-year-old man.

Brandon Tyler Woody, 30, of Victoria, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of possessing a firearm while prohibited to do so.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, Woody was arrested without incident Wednesday by Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP about one hour after a man was shot and killed in the Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel lobby at about 3:20 a.m.

Police said the shooting appeared to be targeted and said they believe there is no risk to the public.

Police have, so far, not released the name or origin of the victim.

Woody is being held in custody until he appears in Nanaimo provincial court on May 2.

The RCMP is continuing their investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637 with keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.