RCMP believe weekend shootings in Kelowna are not connected

Shootings not connected

After a grim weekend with a pair of shootings, RCMP say they do not believe the two incidents are connected.

The two shootings Sunday morning in Rutland and West Kelowna saw a man killed and woman wounded.

Kelowna RCMP say a woman arrived at Kelowna General Hospital at about 6 a.m. Sunday, suffering from a gunshot wound. Her wounds were linked to a shooting at the Prior Road South apartment complex in Rutland. On the other side of the lake, a person was killed in a shooting near Highway 97 and Elk Road. Residents told Castanet they heard multiple gunshots ring out around 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

The West Kelowna shooting forced the closure of Highway 97 for seven hours before the investigators cleared the scene and re-opened the highway. Police said the killing appeared targeted.

"At this time, we have no information to suggest that the two incidents are connected," said Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy on Monday afternoon.

"In regards to the Rutland shooting, the victim is a 29-year-old Kelowna woman. This investigation is still in its beginning stages. We believe at this time, that this was a targeted incident, and there is no further threat to the public. We are appealing to anyone who has information on this matter to come forward and speak with us," Noseworthy added.

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