Man charged with first-degree murder in Salmon Arm church shooting

Matrix Savage Gathergood, 25 is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and disguising his face with intent to commit an offence

A 25-year-old man has been charged in connection with a fatal shooting at a Salmon Arm church on Sunday, April 14.

Matrix Savage Gathergood is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and disguising his face with intent to commit an offence.

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Two men were shot at the Church of Christ on Sunday afternoon. One was taken to hospital and is expected to recover, but Gordon Parmenter, 78, was killed.

His son, David Parmenter, told Black Press he believed the attack on his father was targeted.

RCMP are continuing to speak with witnesses and access to the Church of Christ remains closed as forensic teams investigate the scene.

Staff Sgt. Scott West said police are “limited with the amount of information we can share at this time” as they gather evidence for the court proceedings.

“Additional resources have been called in to support the ongoing investigation and officers will be looking at any and all previous investigations or interactions with the accused and the victims to determine their relevance to the ongoing fatal shooting investigation,” West said.

Gathergood appeared in court in Salmon Arm by phone on Monday morning and remains in custody.

His next appearance will be on Tuesday.


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