Police seeking fourth suspect in double murder

RCMP have arrested three men and are on the lookout for a fourth in relation to Wednesday's double murder.

Seaver Tye Miller, 21, is described as First Nations, 5'10" (178 cm) and weighing 208 pounds (95 kg). He is considered dangerous and should not be approached. Instead, call 911 immediately.

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Perry Andrew Charlie, 24, was the man arrested Thursday afternoon at the Caledonia Mobile Home Park. He is now in custody along with Aaron Ryan Moore, 27, and Joshua Steven West, 33.

All four suspects are Prince George residents and all, including Miller, have been charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder with a firearm.

RCMP released the names Friday of the two men who were killed: Thomas Burt Reed, 51, of Burns Lake and David Laurin Franks, 46, of Prince George.

"Regardless of who these individuals are or their lifestyle, it's very unfortunate that this has happened to them," Prince George RCMP Supt. Warren Brown said during a media event at the detachment.

The name of the lone survivor of what has been described as a "targeted shooting" was withheld.

Brown also declined to say whether the person is still in hospital but did say a "safety plan" is in place. Brown said the surviving victim "is fortunate to be alive."

As to whether the survivor is cooperating, Brown declined to elaborate.

"If I go down that road, other people in the community could be concerned whatever help and assistance we get from witnesses generally speaking," Brown said. "I can say we have enough information from speaking with people that led us to the arrest of individuals."

Asked if it was a drug deal gone bad, Brown said both the suspects and the victims were involved in the drug lifestyle "consistent with activities that could lead to gang involvement."

Brown declined to say whether guns were found in the victims' vehicle.

Moore and West were arrested "within the hour" of police being called to the scene early Wednesday morning on Foothills Boulevard near North Nechako Road. Brown credited "good police work" when asked how the arrests were made so quickly.

Members from the North District RCMP, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and surrounding detachments have assisted, Brown noted. And he attributed tips from the public as the basis for two search warrants RCMP executed. In turn, they led to "the collection of vital evidence, allowing us to identify two more suspects," Brown said in an accompanying statement.

All four suspects have criminal records of varying lengths with convictions for minor offences committed in Prince George. West and Charlie also have convictions for offences committed in Fort St. James and Takla Lake, according to records. Miller is facing a trial in June on charges of assault and mischief out of Takla.

Aaron Moore is not related to William (Billy) Moore, the president of the Prince George Renegades Motorcycle Club who was shot to death in 2005 in an apparent gang-related execution, Brown confirmed.

Anyone who has information that may help with the investigation is asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword "pgtips".

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