Update (August 3): Kelowna RCMP have released images and a video of a suspect who investigators are seeking to identify.
Original article (August 1):
A shooting in Kelowna has left one man from Surrey with critical injuries and an explosive device was also located. Meanwhile, this incident marks yet another shooting involving a man from West Kelowna, whom RCMP deem a risk to public safety.
According to Kelowna RCMP, officers responded to a shooting involving two individuals in the area of Pandosy Street and KLO Road in Kelowna shortly before 7 p.m. on July 31.
The two individuals were taken to hospital with injuries.
One of them, 37-year-old Kyle Gianis of West Kelowna, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released from hospital.
Meanwhile, the second individual, a 25-year-old man from Surrey, remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries. His name is not being released by RCMP.
Kelowna RCMP stated that witnesses reported seeing a man fleeing from the scene in a silver SUV.
During investigation of the shooting scene, officers discovered what is believed to be “an undetonated improvised explosive device”, Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy stated.
RCMP cordoned off the area as the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit were called in to investigate.
No arrests have been made so far.
“We have reason to believe this was a targeted attack on these two men,” Kelowna RCMP Insp. Beth McAndie stated in a news release. “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.”
Global News reported that Gianis had previously been targeted in a shooting this year. He had been shot in the leg outside the Global Fitness Centre in Kelowna on March 29.
The Vancouver Sun reported that Gianis, who launched athleticwear company Iron Athletics in 2019, also survived a shooting in Langley in 2017, in which his friend Tyler Pastuck died.
In April 2020, Iron Athletics and Gianis attempted to film a reality TV series featuring bodybuilders living in the same house, but neighbours raised health concerns about the production, questioning whether pandemic protocols were being followed.
Anyone with information about this latest shooting incident is asked to contact Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.