A victim from the Western Forest Products sawmill shooting in Nanaimo, BC, arrives at Victoria General Hospital. Two of the four people shot have died. The RCMP have a former employee in custody. Photo: Cathy O'Connor/twitter:@dustypupVI
A victim from the Western Forest Products sawmill shooting in Nanaimo, BC, arrives at Victoria General Hospital. Two of the four people shot have died. The RCMP have a former employee in custody. Photo: Cathy O'Connor/twitter:@dustypupVI

NANAIMO, BC - Two workers were shot dead and two more were injured at a shooting Wednesday morning at Western Forest Products' Nanaimo sawmill in Nanaimo, BC.

Supt. Mark Fisher of the Nanaimo RCMP issued a statement: "We can confirm that at about 7:00 am this morning we received a 9-1-1 call about shots fired at a business in Nanaimo. Our members attended the scene within minutes, entered the building and arrested a suspect believed responsible for the shooting."

Reporting from the press conference, CBC News' Chris Brown said it was revealed that the shooter was a 47-year-old former employee.

No motive has been given for the shootings, though The Globe and Mail said the company had been in a dispute with the local United Steelworkers union over severance pay for workers.

Western Forest Products operates 10 facilities in coastal British Columbia, Canada. The Nanaimo sawmill processes hemlock and Douglas fir.

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