RCMP have cordoned off an area around the Park Place apartment complex on Fitzgerald Avenue in Courtenay. Terry Farrell photo

UPDATED: Two vehicles seen leaving bloody scene of Courtenay shooting

32-year-old victim in stable condition and known to police

Comox Valley RCMP responded to a shooting at the Park Place apartment building, early Thursday morning.

Upon arrival, officers located a 32-year-old man suffering from a single gunshot wound. The victim, who is known to police, was rushed to a local hospital by BC Ambulance Service and is currently in stable condition.

There was a heavy trail of blood from a second-floor apartment door, down the stairs to the main floor landing. Police would not say whether the shooting took place inside, or out of the apartment unit.

RCMP does not believe the shooting to be random.

Witness Kylee Cordocedo was one of the first on the scene.

“I saw my brother run towards Park Place with the guy on the ground; my sister in law said he was most likely shot, so I ran out there with a belt and a towel and just put pressure on (the wound) until the EMTs showed up.”

No arrests have been made at this time.

Witnesses described two vehicles seen leaving the area before police arrived. One was described as a blue/teal coloured four-door Mazda and the other as a white Chevrolet pickup truck with no canopy.

“The person responsible for this brazen act of violence needs to be held accountable and our investigators are committed to making that happen,” said Insp. Mike Kurvers, Officer in Charge of the Comox Valley RCMP Detachment.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 and refer to file 2019-2493. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at http://comoxvalleycrimestoppers.bc.ca/.

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