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Shooting prompts closure, search near Saanich trail, schools: police

Police believe a person who turned up at hospital with gunshot wounds was the target
Members of the Greater Victoria Public Safety Unit search an area adjacent to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail near the McKenzie interchange. Saanich police closed off a portion of the Galloping Goose from McKenzie Avenue to Grange Road overnight on March 11, reopening it shortly before noon on March 12. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

A heavy police presence and search along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail in Saanich was prompted by someone showing up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound, according to police.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Saanich police said in a Tuesday evening news release.

The department did not disclose the relationship between the search area and the individual, but investigators believe the victim was targeted and there is no risk to the public.

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Monday night, officers and dogs searched the area until dark, and closed the area overnight to resume looking in the morning.

The area is also near two schools, and several morning trail commuters looked on Tuesday as Saanich police and members of the Greater Victoria Public Safety Unit searched the area surrounding the Galloping Goose Regional Trail near McKenzie Avenue.

The Saanich Police Major Crime Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a male individual who was shot including the connection to the District of Saanich, police said.

The Saanich police say investigation into a shooting prompted the closure of a portion of the Galloping Goose Monday night, reopening Tuesday (March 12). (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

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