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Man who escaped multiple assassination attempts dies in Enderby

Iron Athletics Inc. owner Kyle Gianis.
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August 05, 2021 - 2:56 PM

A West Kelowna man who survived multiple assassination attempts and was considered a "threat" by police to the community is now dead.

The B.C. RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia of an incident in Enderby where one man died and two women suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

On Aug. 5, shortly after 12 a.m., Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a call of an alleged double stabbing of two women and a man who was acting erratically due to possible drug impairment at a campground near Enderby, according to a press release issued by the B.C. RCMP.

The area was cordoned off and a search was launched by the RCMP for the man which included the use of a police dog.

"At approximately 2 a.m. officers located the man down an embankment near a river who was in medical distress due to what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries and began providing medical attention until Emergency Health Services was able to take over," according to the RCMP.

The man died at the scene and the B.C. RCMP confirmed the man was one of the two individuals targeted in a Kelowna shooting on July 31 and was the subject of a public warning, Kyle Gianis.

The Iron Athletics owner was 37 and only recently survived another shooting attempt. In March, he was shot outside a Kelowna gym. He was also the unharmed target of two other gangland shootings, according to the Vancouver Sun, one in 2017 and another in 2018.

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“We have reason to believe this was a targeted attack on these two men,” Insp. Beth McAndie of the Kelowna RCMP said in a previous press 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.”

As the matter is now under investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia, no further information will be released by police.

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