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One injured and one arrested in Alberni shooting

An RCMP officer with the police dog section combs the area next to the 3900 block of Tenth Avenue where a man was shot on Tuesday night. - WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/Alberni Valley News
An RCMP officer with the police dog section combs the area next to the 3900 block of Tenth Avenue where a man was shot on Tuesday night.
— image credit: WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/Alberni Valley News

Police have arrested a 35-year old man in connection with a shooting on Tuesday night in Port Alberni.

RCMP Emergency Response Team members arrested the man shortly after 5 a.m. at a residence in Sproat Lake, RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said.

Following a lead ERT members raided a home on Elkford Road in Port Alberni at 3 a.m. but the man wasn't there. Other information led them to Sproat Lake.

The man remains in police custody and the investigation is ongoing, Allan said.

Police and emergency crews responded to a call to the 3900 block of Tenth Avenue shortly after 7 p.m., Allan said. There, police found a  32-year old man suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body.

BC Ambulance personnel transported the man to West Coast General Hospital.

Vancouver Island Health Authority officials confirm that a man suffering from gunshot wounds was airlifted from WCGH to Victoria where he is receiving further medical treatment.

The man remains in serious condition, Allan said.

Police haven't spoken to the suspect so a motive for the shooting isn't known yet.

Local RCMP, the police dog unit and and the serious crimes section are all involved in the investigation.

The shooting wasn't random, Allan said. "Information from witnesses indicates that they knew each other," Allan said. "Both are also known to police."

Police were never called to the residence before, she said.

The area between Maitland and Morton Streets along Tenth Avenue was cordoned off for the night but it is now open.

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