Jason Foulds charged in Lund, B.C., deaths as community grapples with tragedy

RCMP say a 19-year-old is from Powell River, B.C., faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Police say 19-year-old man from Powell River faces 2 counts of murder and 1 count of attempted murder

The residence on Scotch Place in Lund, B.C., where police found two people deceased and another injured after officers received reports of a shooting in the early morning of Saturday June 17, 2017. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

Jason Foulds, 19, has been formally charged in relation to what police say is a double homicide in Lund, B.C.

The village of about 300 people is a 30-minute drive north of Powell River on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast. 

"A lot of sadness, a lot of shock," said Kurt Pyrch when asked about the community's reaction to the deaths. He is the general manager of the Lund Hotel and lowered the hotel's flags to half-mast on the weekend as a sign of respect for the families involved in the tragedy.

A RCMP officer speaks to a Lund resident at the crime scene on Scotch Place on Sunday. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

Police say that officers responded to a report early Saturday morning from a residence in the 1500 block of Scotch Place that a person had been shot.

Once there, police discovered two deceased people and an injured male.

The male was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was released.

Foulds, from Powell River, faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Powell River on June 27.

Police say a major crime unit from Vancouver Island will remain at the scene for several more days.

Investigators have not yet released the names of the victims but said the incident was not a random attack.

Meanwhile, those in the village say the victims are locals.

Keden Cole, who played soccer with the two people who died, says most people in Lund are surprised by the violence. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

"When I heard about what happened I was kind of surprised," said Keden Cole, who works on the docks in the village and says he played in a local soccer league with the two people who died.

He, along with others, say violence isn't expected in Lund.

"No, I don't think this has ever happened in Lund before," said Anne Snow, who runs the local RV park and is a volunteer firefighter.

Anne Snow runs the RV park in Lund and is a volunteer firefighter who responded to the crime scene. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

Pyrch says the community is gathering to support the families and friends of the victims.

Watch Pyrch describe how he thinks the village of Lund with overcome the tragedy:

Kurt Pyrch with the Lund Hotel talks about the strength of his community in the face of tragedy 0:31

with files fromJon Hernandez.