The Resort Municipality of Whistler has sent out an email and text alert to residents.
“A police investigation is underway in the Village. Please avoid the delineated area in skier’s plaza. There is no danger to the public,” the alert reads. “Lifts currently on standby.”
A Whistler ski-store employee heard the gunshots from his storefront.
“I didn’t see (the shooting) but I was out front of our shop, about a block and a half away,” said Fanatyk Co’s Scott Cargo.
“I heard gunfire and a ten-year-old kid came running down and said, ‘there is somebody shooting over there’.”
Cargo then went into the store and locked the door.
He said he told all the store’s customers to stay away from the windows.
Brothers Keeper gangster and associate shot to death in Whistler
The brother of a gangster shot dead in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour was gunned down outside a Whistler hotel Sunday.
Gruesome video of Brothers Keepers gangster Meninder Dhaliwal, 29, and a second man lying face down began circulating shortly after the midday shooting in a busy commercial area in Whistler.
Sources confirmed that Dhaliwal, whose brother Harb was killed in Vancouver last year, died from his injuries. The condition and identity of the second victim has not been confirmed.
So far neither Whistler RCMP nor the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has released any details. But a spokesman for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said the anti-gang agency was aware of the shooting and that IHIT would be taking the lead.
People in the area told Postmedia the shooting took place near the Sundial Hotel and that Whistler had been locked down for several hours after the shooting. And they said a car was later found burning at in the Blueberry Hill area — the hallmark of recent gangland murders has been a suspect car torched after the hit.
Sara Roston, spokesperson for Whistler-Blackcomb, said the resort was being closed for the rest of the day.
She said the RCMP “have officially cleared the Whistler area of any imminent danger. Out of respect for all of those impacted, and our Whistler Blackcomb guests and team members, we will be closing Whistler Blackcomb for the rest of the day, effective immediately,” Roston said in an email at about 3:15 p.m.
“Our teams have resumed operations temporarily to allow guests to download the mountains and leave safely. We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence, and we stand in support of our community.”
Meninder was with his brothers Harb and Barinder when Harb was killed outside a posh Coal Harbour restaurant in Vancouver in April 2021.