There's been a major breakthrough in the investigation of an armed robbery that resulted in six police officers being wounded.
Today, the B.C. RCMP publicly identified 22-year-old twins Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie as the gunmen who entered a BMO branch in Saanich on June 28. Their identities were determined on July 1 with the help of the B.C. Coroners Service.
The two residents of Duncan were killed in the June 28 shootout.
Three members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team remain in hospital with injuries.
"The motive behind the armed robbery and subsequent exchange of gunfire with police has not yet been determined," Cpl. Alex Bérubé of the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit said in a news release.
"We believe there could be people out that may have more information about the brothers, their recent activities and travels and we need those people to come forward and speak to police."
Police continue to investigate whether there was anyone else involved who did not enter the bank in the 3600 block of Shelbourne Street.
According to police, the twins' family is cooperating with the investigation and is asking for privacy. Neither of the men had a criminal record.
They've been linked to a white 1992 Toyota Camry with two black racing stripes, which was found near the scene. According to police, several improvised explosive devices were found inside the car.
They were later taken away by RCMP bomb experts and disposed of at the Saanich dump.
Anyone who saw the Toyota Camry in the week before the shootout is being asked to contact the VIIMCU at 1-250-380-6211.
CHEK News has reported that one of the shooters, Isaac Auchterlonie, had "a pattern of language against the federal government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau" on a since-deleted Instagram account.
It also included photos of bullets along with the description "freedom seeds". The biography on the account used these words:
* WW2 Pacific war enthusiastus [sic]