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Re: Shooting at The Grand. I have friends who are currently with the RCMP and some retired from the RCMP.

To the editor:

Re: Shooting at The Grand

I have friends who are currently with the RCMP and some retired from the RCMP. I have great respect for them and the job that they do. I would not want their job and I thank them for doing it, but—how can there be a shooting in broad daylight in downtown Kelowna and everyone gets away?

They knew the escape vehicle was a grey SUV. How can it be driven undetected to Lake Country and set on fire before they found it?

I would have expected that the RCMP would have had a plan in place to lock down all the escape routes within a few minutes. Kelowna should be easy. By road from downtown you can only go across the bridge, north via Glenmore Road and Hwy 97 or south via Pandosy, Lakeshore and Chute Lake Road. If we always had officers in each sector it should be possible to seal off all escape routes in minutes at anytime. This could also be useful for bank robberies and other crimes. This should be practiced like a military operation.

Please take this as constructive criticism and again, thank you for all you do.

Bert Chapman,



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