Police officers from the Chase RCMP detachment and the North Okanagan Vernon RCMP are investigating the injury of a 59-year-old man in a shooting at a residence near Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, RCMP spokesperson, confirmed police responded to a call about a shooting at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, at a residence on Eva Road in Lee Creek.
The unnamed victim remains in hospital care and is listed in stable condition. He was initially transported by ambulance to the Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital for treatment.
“He has since been transferred to another medical facility in order to provide him with the appropriate treatment due to the seriousness of the injuries sustained. The man remains in hospital care in stable condition,” says Moskaluk.
A resident of the area told the Observer the home’s owner is out of the country and the home was being looked after by someone else. The resident, who did not want to be named for fear of retribution, said the home was a suspected drug house.
“Let’s just say nobody around here is surprised the police were called there.”
An area surrounding the residence remains blocked off by police as the investigation continues. Investigators with the Chase Detachment assisted by resources from the North Okanagan Vernon Detachment General Investigation Section continue to examine the scene on Eva Road and are canvassing the area for information from local property owners.
“Investigation findings indicate that several shots were fired by suspect(s), while the man was inside the home and sustained the injuries. Police are confident that this was a targeted attack and the public are not at risk,” states Moskaluk.
No suspects have been identified at this time, however, police are encouraging the public to contact the Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221, Crimestoppers or their local RCMP Detachment if they have any information regarding this incident.