A 20-year-old Courtenay man targeted in a shooting on his front doorstep Friday is expected to survive, police say. Comox RCMP transported the critically injured man to St. Joseph's Hospital, before he was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital. He underwent emergency surgery for a gunshot wound to his upper abdomen.
The shooting is not considered random, but the victim told police on the way to hospital that "he didn't know why someone would want to do this to him," Comox Valley RCMP Const. Dean Biollo said Saturday.
On Friday, several police units arrived at a single-family dwelling in the 600-block McPhee Avenue in Courtenay at about 8: 30 p.m., after several people called about a possible shooting.
The suspect fled and ran several blocks, police said. A tracking dog lost the suspect's scent at Cumberland Road and 17th Street near the Courtenay Fire station.
The suspect is described as having an average build and wearing a grey hoodie and black pants.
"Police are interested in speaking to anyone who observed a male matching that description [in the area]," Biollo said.
Anyone who may have observed suspicious activity in that area between 8:30 pm and 9:00 pm or may have observed an individual matching this description is asked to contact Constable Dave Smith or Constable Dean Biollo of the Comox Valley RCMP General Investigation Section at 250-338-1321.
The victim of the shooting is not well-known to police, but police say the public is not at risk.
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