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Shooting near Naramata believed to be drug-related: RCMP

An RCMP vehicle. Lee Brown/THE CANADIAN PRESS

A man known to police suffered a gunshot wound on Tuesday morning, according to Penticton RCMP, and the shooting is believed to be connected to drugs.

RCMP said they were alerted to a complaint of a gunshot victim outside a home in the community of Indian Rock Road, north of Naramata.

The 36-year-old victim, known to police, was conscious and asked for help when officers arrived. He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Police also said a nearby vehicle fire was located a distance away, and is being investigated to determine if it’s related.

“Investigators are actively gathering evidence and can confirm this appears to be a targeted shooting, and directly related to the drug subculture,” said Const. James Grandy.

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“Our officers were on scene within minutes and able to determine this was an isolated, targeted incident and not a random shooting. We want to assure the community there’s no evidence of ongoing risk, and to continue to report any suspicious person or vehicle to our detachment.”

If you have information or video surveillance that may be related to this incident and have not yet spoken with police, you are asked to contact the Penticton RCMP detachment at 250-492-4300.

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