Kyle Gianis survived another assassination attempt.
Kelowna RCMP confirm that one of the men shot dead outside a restaurant on Pandosy Street on Saturday night was Gianis, who survived further assassination attempts in March.
Gianis was treated for non-life threatening injuries and has since been released from hospital.
The other victim, a 25-year-old man from Surrey, remains in hospital with what police describe as “life-threatening injuries”.
“We have reason to believe that this was a targeted attack on these two men,” said Insp. Beth McAndie of the Kelowna RCMP.
“Because of his criminal activities and his associates, Mr. Gianis poses a threat to our community and the general public, and we are putting all our resources into investigating this new incident. “
Witnesses reported a man fleeing the scene in a silver SUV. No arrests have yet been made.
“While investigating the scene of the shooting, frontline officers located what is believed to be an unexploded improvised explosive device,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy, Media Relations Officer for the Kelowna RCMP.
“The police immediately cordoned off the area. It will remain closed until officers from the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit have dealt with the aircraft safely. “
The RCMP bomb squad is also dealing with an unrelated explosive device found in a West Kelowna home on Sunday.
Gianis is believed to have ties to gangs and has survived several bombings. Saturday’s shooting was the fourth assassination attempt against him since 2017.
The most recent was in March, outside of Global Fitness, on Burtch Road in Kelowna. He was shot and injured in this incident.
His home in West Kelowna was also raided in March by the Combined Special Forces Enforcement Unit – the province’s police gang unit.
In 2017, he was the target of a shootout in Langley outside a restaurant that ended up killing his friend Tyler Pastuck. David Tull was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for conspiring to murder Gianis in the 2017 shooting.
Then, in 2018, Surrey nurse Paul Bennett was killed when an assassin looking for Gianis went to the wrong house, the Vancouver Sun reported at the time.
Gianis was sentenced to 13 years in Washington State in 2008 for smuggling methamphetamine precursors into the United States. He was transferred to Canada and released on parole in 2013.
In 2007, the CBC reported that Gianis was the occupant of a house that was shot down two nights in a row.
A canopy covers a Mercedes-Benz on Pandosy Street on Sunday morning.
Pandosy Street remains closed in Kelowna’s Mission neighborhood on Sunday morning following a targeted shooting in the area on Saturday night.
The shooting took place on the busy street outside the Zabb Thai restaurant just before 7 p.m., leaving two injured. Photos from the scene show a body lying in the doorway of the restaurant. The two men were taken to hospital by ambulance.
A witness told Castanet that he heard between five and seven gunshots. The conditions of the victims are unknown at this time.
The RCMP called the shooting “targeted,” but police have not announced any arrests yet. A witness told Castanet that he saw the gunman leave the scene in a silver Ford Flex parked on nearby Newsome Avenue.
Officers remain at the scene near KLO Road and Pandosy Street on Sunday morning, gathering evidence. A white Mercedes-Benz has been covered with a canopy on the west side of Pandosy Street.
Castanet contacted the RCMP for more information on the investigation.