'Life changing' assault puts woman in Kelowna hospital

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KELOWNA – A woman is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was assaulted in downtown Kelowna last weekend and RCMP are looking for a suspect.

Police found the woman at 5 a.m. Sunday, June 4 outside a gas station near the intersection of Harvey Avenue and Richter Street.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a media release she had been assaulted two hours earlier in the 500 block of Leon Avenue and suffered “significant injuries” with “the potential to be life changing or life-threatening in nature.”

The woman, who is not named, was rushed to hospital where she continues to receive treatment.

RCMP describe the suspect in the assault as a First Nations woman in her 40s.

“As a result of our preliminary investigational findings, RCMP believe that this was a targeted incident and therefore the general public is not at risk,” Cpl. O’Donaghey says in the release.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact Const. Kevin Hamilton of the Kelowna RCMP General Investigations Section at 250-762-3300, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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