Victim of fatal Kamloops shooting named

By Greg Fry
September 22, 2017 - 9:08am Updated: September 22, 2017 - 5:32pm

KAMLOOPS — Mounties have identified the person killed in a shooting Thursday night in Kamloops.

The deceased has been identified as 34-year-old Konaam Shirzad. Shirzad was a known member of the Red Scorpions gang and police believe it was a targeted attack. RCMP adds it believes there is no threat to the public.

The shooting occurred at 7:20 Thursday night on Hudson's Bay Trail. When officers arrived, Shirzad was dead at the scene. Another male victim, 28-years-old, was taken to Royal Inland Hospital with a non-life threatening injury caused by a gunshot.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay has confirmed to CFJC Today that Shirzad was in a leadership role with the Red Scorpions, and was the owner of the Heavy Metal gym on the North Shore at the time of the shooting. He had been living on parole in Kamloops since 2011.

"We've had a lot of contacts over the years with Konaam Shirzad and his group," says Pillay. "He and his associates have been the targets of numerous major investigations out of this office over the years for their organized crime and drug activities so we are very familiar with him and his associates."

Meantime, the home on Hudson's Bay Trail is still being secured by police as the investigation continues.

Soon after the shooting, police say a vehicle was reported burning on Odin Court off of Whiteshield Crescent. Police can't confirm yet whether the vehicle fire and the shooting are related.

If you have any information about the shooting or the burned vehicle, contact police at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

A note to motorists, police are rerouting any traffic trying to access Arbutus Estates through the  Hudson's Bay Trail through the Mission Hill development instead.  Fernie Road is still open if you're coming from the other direction.

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