Police confirm one male killed in gangland-style shooting

An SUV that came to a halt in the garden area of the Delta Grand Convention Centre entrance was the alleged target of a gang-style shooting that injured five people.  - Barry Gerding
An SUV that came to a halt in the garden area of the Delta Grand Convention Centre entrance was the alleged target of a gang-style shooting that injured five people.
— image credit: Barry Gerding

Kelowna RCMP are releasing few details beyond the fact one person is confirmed dead atfer a gangland-style shooting occurred Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14, at the front entrance to The Delta Grand Hotel on Water Street.

Police will only confirm that a male is dead from gunshot wounds, while an unconfirmed number of other occupants of the targeted vehicle, both male and female, were taken to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment.

The Vancouver Sun website is reporting the fatality is notorious Lower Mainland gangland figure Jonathan Bacon, but Kelowna RCMP Const. Steve Holmes would not confirm that information.

Holmes said the investigation is in the early stages, being coordinated by the Serious Crime Unit with the support of other Kelowna detachment sections.

Holmes said there were several witnesses who saw the shooting, and he confirmed that the whole event was likely captured on The Grand's video surveillance system.

"As you can appreciate, the witnesses are pretty shook up about what they saw happen in front of them," said Holmes, who noted the RCMP are trying to be diligent in not revealing any of their identities.

"We don't really know all of what we're dealing with at this point so we're just taking what precautionary measures are prudent at this time."

Holmes said the shooting occurred at 2:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the apparent targetted vehicle being a white Porsche SUV which, initial reports said, was carrying five people.

As the vehicle was leaving the hotel, police said an unconfirmed number of people in another vehicle that was following the Porsche began shooting at it.

After the assault in which a flurry of gunshots were heard, the suspect vehicle, a silvery green SUV carrying what is believed to be more than one shooter, left the scene and drove up Cawston Avenue before disappearing in an unknown direction.

The Porsche came to a stop in the garden area adjacent to the hotel's convention centre entrance.

As of Sunday night Holmes said the RCMP could not confirm how many people were in either vehicles, or what kind of weapons were used.

Holmes emphasized at a Sunday press conference that Kelowna RCMP believe the public is not at risk.

"While incidents like this are quite rare in Kelowna, it is still shocking and traumatic for those who witness it," Holmes said.

Holmes added that if anyone has pictures or video of the incident, or was a witness, to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or phone the Crime Stoppers tip line.



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