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Gang co-founder shot dead

The co-founder of the Red Scorpions gang was shot dead in a Kamloops residential neighbourhood Thursday night.

The shooting occurred at 7:20 p.m. on Hudson's Bay Trail and left 34-year-old Konaam Shirzad dead and a 28-year-old man injured.

Shirzad co-founded the Red Scorpions in the mid-2000s in the Lower Mainland.

Jonathan Bacon, a prominent Red Scorpion, was killed in a high-profile mid-day shooting in Kelowna in August 2011. The trial for the three men accused in that murder has been ongoing in Kelowna Supreme Court since May.

Back in January, police raided the Heavy Metal Gym in Kamloops, which was owned by Shirzad. At the time, police said they believed the gym had connections to organized crime.

Shortly after Thursday night's shooting, a vehicle was found on fire near Odin Court and Whiteshield Crescent. Police say it's unknown if the shooting and vehicle fire are related.

In 2011, the getaway vehicle used in the murder of Bacon was found torched in Lake Country later that day.

Police continue to investigate the home on Hudson's Bay Trail where the shooting occurred. 

Shirzad had an extensive criminal record, but he most recently pleaded guilty in July to possessing an unauthorized weapon in Richmond. He was sentenced to a 90-day conditional sentence.  



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