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UPDATE: Co-founder of Red Scorpions dead in Kamloops shooting

Police blocked off a section of Hudson's Bay Trail at Fernie Road after a targeted shooting on Sept. 21. The public is asked to avoid the area.
September 22, 2017 - 9:07 AM

KAMLOOPS - The co-founder of the Red Scorpions Gang is dead after a targeted shooting in South Kamloops.

Kamloops RCMP say in a news release that two men were shot outside of a residence on Hudson's Bay Trail in Kamloops's West End last night, Sept. 21 around 7:20 p.m.

Konaam Shirzad, 34, was dead at the scene. Shirzad was the co-founder of the Red Scorpions gang and owned a gym in North Kamloops.

A 28-year-old man was also shot and taken to Royal Inland Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says police believe it is a targeted shooting as Shirzad was a known member of the gang.

It's believed two suspects fled the scene on foot.

Police believe there is no threat to the public, but are asking anyone with information on the shooting to come forward.

The Hudson's Bay Trail home is still being secured by police for further investigation.

About 10 minutes after the shooting, a car was found on fire on Whiteshield Crescent and Odin Court on Sept. 21. Police are investigating if this is connected to the shooting.
About 10 minutes after the shooting, a car was found on fire on Whiteshield Crescent and Odin Court on Sept. 21. Police are investigating if this is connected to the shooting.

About 10 minutes after the shooting, a vehicle fire was reported on Odin Court off of Whiteshield Crescent, and police are trying to determine if it's related to the shooting.

Nearby resident Michael Meyer says his partner was barbecuing outside when he noticed a fire down the road.

"The flames were about 15 feet high and there was black billowing smoke coming from it," Meyer says.

If you have any information about either the shooting or the vehicle that was burned, call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8277.

— This story was updated at 8:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 to include more information from a nearby resident and new photographs.

— This story was updated at 9:05 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2017 to include new information about man killed in the shooting.


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