06/02/2012 09:13 EDT | Updated 08/02/2012 05:12 EDT

B.C. homicide suspect's family calls deaths 'senseless'

The family of the suspect in a double homicide who was later killed by police issued a statement Saturday expressing sympathy to the victims' families.

"The family of Angus Mitchell wishes to express our extreme sorrow and heartfelt sympathies to the families of Chinh Diem Huynh and Huong Tran," the statement said. "Their deaths were truly senseless. We cannot begin to describe the horror we felt upon learning of Angus's involvement in this tragedy."

Huong (Andy) Tran, 36, and Chinh (Vivian) Diem Huynh, 34, were found dead in a sushi restaurant in Burnaby, B.C., on May 27.

Angus David Mitchell, the suspect in the shootings, was killed several days later in a confrontation with police. Officials have not made public any connection between Mitchell and the victims of the restaurant slayings.

Mitchell is also the suspect in the non-fatal shooting of his former landlord, a 51-year-old Burnaby man.

"Our thoughts are also with Angus's former landlord, who we hope recovers fully from his injuries," the statement added. "The family thanks the members of the media for respecting our wish for privacy at this difficult time."

On Friday, Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation unit said the gun seized after Mitchell was shot and killed by police was the same gun used in the restaurant shooting. She said Mitchell's landlord was seriously injured with the same rifle.

But Pound said investigators were still working to confirm Mitchell's connection to both shootings.