RCMP have found a vehicle believed to be connected with a double homicide in Chilliwack, but the alleged suspect is still at large.
Eric John Shestalo, 50, was identified as the shooter in the McNaught Road homicide by the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) last night (Thursday, July 21).
He was last seen driving a 1990 Jeep YJ.
On Friday, July 22, at least one photo and video were shared on social media of a tow truck hauling away a vehicle with a green tarp tied over it as a police vehicle followed behind with its lights flashing.
The Chilliwack Progress reached out to IHIT to confirm whether they had found the Jeep but they have not yet responded.
There was also a heavy police presence in the Bridal Falls area east of Chilliwack that same day.
The tragic incident unfolded around 11 a.m. on July 21 where two women and one man were shot at a home in the 9700-block of McNaught Road in Chilliwack.
One of the women died at the scene. The other woman was airlifted to Royal Columbian Hospital where she later died. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries.
IHIT announced after 9 p.m. July 21 that Shestalo was “armed and dangerous” and that police were actively searching for him.
He is described as white, five feet and nine inches tall and 176 pounds. He was last seen wearing black pants, a black jacket and a black hat with orange rim.
Anyone who sees Shestalo is urged to not approach him, and phone 911 immediately.
RCMP said it was a targeted shooting.
Of the two women who were killed, one was the mother of the alleged shooter’s child, and the other was a former girlfriend, according to friends and family of the victims.
A friend of one of the women said on social media late Thursday that the two women had been staying together in Chilliwack for “safety” reasons, after Shestalo allegedly tried to strangle his former girlfriend two months ago.
Shestalo had been due in Chilliwack Law Courts on the morning of July 21 on charges of domestic assault and uttering threats from April 15 in Chilliwack. The matter was moved to Aug. 5.
IHIT is also looking for witnesses and video footage. Anyone who was in the area of the 9700-block of McNaught Road between 9 a.m. and noon is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-4448, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– with files from Jennifer Feinberg and Eric Welsh