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Explosive device found during shooting investigation in Kelowna

Kelowna RCMP remain on the scene of a dual shooting after finding an explosive device near the scene, according to a release issued Sunday afternoon.

"On July 31, 2021, just before 7 p.m., Kelowna RCMP responded to a two person shooting in area of Pandosy Street and KLO Road in Kelowna," the release said.

"Both victims were transported by BC Emergency Health Services to hospital for treatment of their injuries.

"Thirty-seven-year-old West Kelowna resident Kyle Gianis was treated for non-life threatening injuries and has since been released from the hospital

Police say the second victim, a 25-year-old Surrey man, remains in hospital with what are believed to be life-threatening injuries.

“We have reason to believe this was a targeted attack on these two men,” says Insp. Beth McAndie of the Kelowna RCMP. “Because of his criminal activities and associates, Mr. Gianis poses a threat to our community and the public in general, and we are putting all our resources into investigating this newest incident.”

Witnesses reported a man fleeing the scene in a silver SUV. No arrests have been made at this time.

“While investigating the scene of the shooting, frontline officers located what is believed to be an undetonated improvised explosive device,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy, Media Relations Officer for the Kelowna RCMP. “Police immediately cordoned off the area. It will remain closed until officers with the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit have safely dealt with the device.”

No further information is being released at this time, but Kelowna RCMP are urging anyone who witnessed or has knowledge of this crime to come forward to speak with police immediately.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net