February 19, 2016 - 4:07 PM
KAMLOOPS - A targeted shooting in the west end of Kamloops last night sent one man to hospital with a lower leg wound and police say he's not telling them what happened.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the area of Versatile Drive and Copperhead Drive around 8:45 p.m., Feb. 18, according to an RCMP media release.
The male victim was then seen hobbling to a nearby Petro-Canada service station where he collapsed while waiting for medical aid. The 32-year-old was taken to hospital for surgery on his lower leg and police say his injuries, while serious, are not life-threatening.
Suspects were seen fleeing the scene in two small, light-coloured vehicles and were heading eastbound on Versatile Drive.
The victim is well known to police, Staff Sgt. Edward Preto says in the release, adding this was not a random event.
According to Cpl. Jodie Shelkie, the victim has declined all of RCMP's requests for information on the shooting. Shelkie says there are no suspects in custody and would not comment if the incident was gang-related.
When asked if the shooting was related to drugs, Shelkie declined to speak on the case specifically, but said "most targeted shootings are involved with drugs."
Shelkie stressed there are no public safety concerns since the shooting.
The serious crime and targeted enforcement units are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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— This story was updated at 3:56 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 with new information from the RCMP.
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