The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has identified the gunman in Tuesday’s shooting at the Douglas (Peace Arch) border.
But police say they still don’t know exactly what led U.S. resident Andrew Michael Crews to shoot Border Services Officer Lori Bowcock before turning the gun on himself.
“This investigation remains in the early stages and investigators are attempting to determine a motive,” Supt. Kevin Hackett said in a statement.
Crews, 32, arrived at Bowcock’s inspection booth shortly before 2 p.m. Oct. 16 in a white van bearing Washington plates.
Crews’ Facebook page identifies him as a Seattle tattoo artist and says he attended the College of Southern Nevada and was in the Class of 1998 at Basic High School in Hernderson, Nev. His online photos include many images of tattoos, and in March he posted a photo of a gun.
Bowcock, who began working at the port in July, was shot in the neck. Crews was found dead in the van “the instant” after, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“The current evidence clearly indicates that prior to taking his own life, Mr. Crews deliberately fired at the victim. There is no evidence, however, to suggest the victim was specifically targeted.
“RCMP, IHIT and international law enforcement continue to work together to advance this investigation. Our thoughts are with the CBSA officer and her family during this difficult time.”
The Douglas border was closed to northbound traffic for more than 36 hours as a result of the shooting. It reopened at 8 a.m. Thursday.