Investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect linked to a shooting in Kelowna on Saturday evening that involved victims from the Okanagan and the Lower Mainland as well as an undetonated explosive device.
Kelowna RCMP stated that two men—37-year-old Kyle Gianis of West Kelowna, who has been targeted in other shootings and had been deemed a threat to public safety, and an unnamed 25-year-old man from Surrey—were shot near Pandosy Street and KLO Road in Kelowna at about 7 p.m. on July 31.
Both victims were taken to hospital. Gianis was treated and released but the other shooting victim remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
When police cordoned off the area for investigation, officers found an improvised explosive device.
An RCMP explosives disposal unit detonated the device at a secondary location.
“Based on our examination, this device had the potential to cause significant damage to property and seriously injure members of the public that evening,” Kelowna RCMP Insp. Beth McAndie stated in a news release. “This device marks a dramatic escalation in violence and put innocent members of our community in real danger. This is unacceptable to us, and we are doing everything in our power to identify the parties involved in this incident.”
Today (August 3), RCMP released images and footage from a video of a suspect who fled the scene in a light-coloured SUV after the shooting occurred.
The suspect in the video is wearing light-coloured pants and a light-coloured sweatshirt with a hood.
Anyone with dashcam footage on Pandosy Street from KLO Road to Harvey Avenue between 6:20 and 7:10 p.m. on July 31 is asked to contact Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.