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Man shot in targeted, drug-related Naramata incident: RCMP

A 36-year-old man known to police was taken to hospital
A car fire on Gammon Road in Naramata as well as shots fired Tuesday morning. (Carmen Gee Facebook)

A heavy police presence was due to a shooting outside a home in Indian Rock just north of Naramata Tuesday morning.

The victim, a 36-year-old man known to police, was conscious after the shooting and called for help.

“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,” said Const. James Grandy in a release.

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

Officers responded to the call at around 7:30 a.m., deploying resources from the local and neighbouring departments, including air services and police dogs to the community.

READ MORE: Reports of shots fired and car on fire in Naramata

Roadblocks were also established and citizens asked to report any suspicious activity.

The victim was taken to an unidentified hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said police.

A vehicle fire on Gammon Road in Naramata was reported at 8:30 a.m., and is currently being investigated to determine whether it is related to the shooting.

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

This isn’t the first time this year that Naramata has been the center of police activity. In May, the bodies of the Fryer brothers, of Kamloops, were found down a forest service road. Police suspect those murders are gang and drug-related.

Two Penticton men were eventually charged in connection to the Freyer brothers’ deaths. One of them, Wade Cudmore was arrested, while the other remains at large.

One month after the Freyers were killed, Cudmore’s mom Kathy Richardson was found dead in her Naramata home. Her murder remains unsolved.

READ ALSO: Mounties look for suspect in early morning robbery of the Oliver 7-11

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