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2 men sent to hospital after targeted shooting in Kelowna

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Pandosy Street and K.L.O. Road in Kelowna, B.C., after a shooting Saturday night. Police say the shooting was a targeted attack.  (Winston Szeto/CBC News - image credit)
Pandosy Street and K.L.O. Road in Kelowna, B.C., after a shooting Saturday night. Police say the shooting was a targeted attack. (Winston Szeto/CBC News - image credit)

A man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries and another has been released from hospital after a targeted shooting in Kelowna, B.C., Saturday night.

Police say they responded to reports of shots fired at Pandosy Street and K.L.O. Road just before 7 p.m. When officers arrived, they found two men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

A 25-year-old resident of Surrey, B.C., is still in hospital with life-threatening injuries. West Kelowna resident Kyle Gianis, 37, was also transported to hospital but has since been released.

RCMP say they believe this was a targeted attack, and Gianis is known to law enforcement.

"Because of his criminal activities and associates, Mr. Gianis poses a threat to our community and the public in general," Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in a statement.

In 2007, Gianis's house was shot at 14 times in one night.

Winston Szeto/CBC News
Winston Szeto/CBC News

While on scene on Saturday, RCMP discovered what they believed to be an undetonated explosive device.

"Police immediately cordoned off the area. It will remain closed until officers with the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit have safely dealt with the device," Noseworthy said.

The area may be closed for some time, Noseworthy said, because the Explosives Disposal Unit has to travel to Kelowna to respond.

No arrests have been made. Police say witnesses spotted a male driver fleeing the scene in a silver SUV.

Those with information on the incident are urged to contact Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Those who would like to remain anonymous can reach Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.crimestoppers.net.

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