POLICE – Victim in fatal shooting identified as Red Scorpions member

The victim of a fatal shooting Thursday night has been identified as a member of the Red Scorpions.

Kamloops RCMP are asking the public to come forward with any information about the shooting.

At 7:20 p.m. Thursday, police responded to reports of shots being fired on Hudson’s Bay Trail.  When officers arrived, they found two victims.  Konaam Shirzad, 34, 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.

It is believed it was a targeted shooting as Shirzad was a known member of the Red Scorpions gang, said Cpl. Jodie Shelkie.  RCMP do not believe there is a threat to the public.

Shirzad’s Heavy Metal Gym on Briar Avenue was raided by Kamloops RCMP tactical officers with a search warrant in January but it was reported that nothing incriminating was found. Shirzad was quoted at the time as saying the RCMP unlawfully seized computers and other office equipment.

Shirzad has been described in some news reports in the past as a co-founder of the Red Scorpions.

The residence on Hudson’s Bay Trail is still being secured by police for further investigation.

Soon after the shooting, a vehicle was reported burning on Odin Court off of Whiteshield  Crescent.  It is unknown if this vehicle and the shooting on Hudson’s Bay trail are related, Shelkie said.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about either the shooting or the vehicle that was burned, contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8277.

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