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Police hunting for suspect in Osoyoos beach shooting

A 22-year-old Maple Ridge man was shot and wounded at an Osoyoos beach on Canada Day.

“We know who the suspect is and are actively looking for that person but do not have him in custody at this time,” Osoyoos RCMP Sgt. Jason Bayda told iNFOnews.ca today, July 4.

The suspect is an Oliver man.

“The information is that the fellow from Oliver pulled out a handgun and shot the victim,” Bayda said. “Fortunately, the wound is non-life-threatening. The victim was taken to hospital but released shortly thereafter.”

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Police were called at 6:50 p.m. on July 1 to the remote White Sands Beach on the east side of Osoyoos Lake on Okanagan Indian Band land.

The beach is only accessible by a dirt road suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles or by boat. The victim, apparently, arrived on a UTV vehicle and was driven out on it before police arrived.

“We do not believe this was a random act,” Bayda said. “It was precipitated by an altercation between these people. We do not believe the public is in any further danger, although it did happen at a very busy beach. Certainly, there is a concern with any firearm activity, whatsoever.”

The shooter is known to police but Bayda is waiting for charge approval from Crown counsel before releasing the name and asking for public assistance to help locate him. He hopes to get that approval today.

“We would ask that no one approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous,” Bayda said.

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