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Okanagan Mounties deal with 3 shootings over weekend, no connections found yet

March 22, 2021 - 1:00 PM

There were three shootings across the Okanagan this weekend but as of yet, it doesn’t look as though they’re connected.  

“At this time, we have no evidence to suggest that these incidents are related, but the investigators are in contact with each other, and we will be pursuing all investigational leads as the matters proceed,” Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in an emailed statement.

She added that the investigations are still in the early stages.

The first was an attempted shooting and it occurred in Penticton Saturday, March 20, when RCMP officers were trying to stop a stolen vehicle.

Just after midnight, RCMP saw a truck and trailer pulling a stolen SUV and when they attempted to stop it, the driver sped away. Later they located the suspect truck and upon approaching it, several gunshots were fired in the direction of the officers, Const. James Grandy said in a press release later that day. When they pursued further, the driver rammed into the officer’s vehicle and the chase stopped, though two were taken into custody later.

Next, at around 6 a.m. March 21, Mounties were called to Kelowna General Hospital where a woman suffering an apparent gunshot wound, was getting help for what police believed to be serious injuries. The incident seemed to centre around an incident in Rutland.

The final fatal shooting, which police believe was targeted, was in West Kelowna and also early Sunday morning.

"The investigation has the characteristics of a targeted shooting. The B.C. Coroners Service has also been notified and will be conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine a cause of death," the RCMP said in a press release, noting that the Southeast District Major Crime Unit is on the scene.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net

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