Searching for shotgun owner

UPDATE 2:08 p.m.

Kelowna RCMP are asking anyone with knowledge of the sawed-off shotgun found in the alley of the 1400 block of Lawrence Avenue Thursday afternoon to contact them.

RCMP tell Castanet they were called to the back alley of Lawrence Avenue near Burtch Road September 19th, just before 4 p.m. where they seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items.  “Frontline officers attended the location and seized the modified and loaded 12-gauge shotgun, along with ammunition and other items,” stated Cst. Lesley Smith of the Kelowna RCMP. “The seized firearm has been sent to our Forensic Laboratory for further analysis in an effort to identify a possible suspect and determine whether or not the firearm is related to a criminal offence.”
RCMP are thanking Cayla Joss, the resident who contacted police, for recognizing the seriousness of the situation.

Police are asking anyone who may have more information to contact them so they can identify a possible suspect associated to the dark shoulder bag and its contents, to contact the Kelowna RCMP at (250) 762-3300.

ORIGINAL 6:28 a.m.

A shocking discovery was made in a Kelowna alley on Wednesday.

Resident Cayla Joss tells Castanet a duffle bag containing a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition was found in an alley in the area of Gordon Drive and Burtch Road.

The bag also contained a large knife, balaclava, bandana, clothes and a crack pipe.

"I didn’t think much of it, but a neighbour opened it (Thursday), and there was a sawed off shotgun inside.
We called the police, and they came to investigate," says Joss.

"When they went through it, the gun was loaded with extra rounds."

"We get a lot of homeless people being close to downtown that leave bag/bikes in the alley often, but this has scared everyone on our street," says Joss.

Police have yet to comment on the discovery, and it's not known if the weapons have been involved in any crime.

"Our alley has no lighting ... being on the Bernard side means most of us only have access to our homes from the alley, since the city built the brick wall on Bernard," says a concerned Joss.

It is also where postal workers and garbage trucks pick up every week.

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