B.C. gangster who survived several assassination attempts dies at Enderby campground

A B.C. gangster who survived several assassination attempts and who was the subject of an RCMP warning died Wednesday after a violent incident in Enderby.

Kyle Gianis died from what police called “self-inflicted injuries,” shortly after being found in medical distress near an Enderby campground.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP and officers with the southeast district emergency response team went to the campground around midnight, after two women were stabbed and a man was reported acting erratically, possibly due to drug impairment.

The West Kelowna man was found two hours later seriously injured at the bottom of an embankment near a river.

The RCMP and paramedics provided medical attention but the man died at the scene.

“The B.C. RCMP can confirm that the man was one of the two individuals targeted in a Kelowna shooting on July 31 and was the subject of a public warning,” the RCMP said in a statement.

Gianis and a 25-year-old Surrey associate were both shot and wounded Saturday night in Kelowna.

After he was released from hospital the next day, police issued a warning saying anyone associating with the 37-year-old Gianis could become collateral damage if he is targeted again.

Police say the two women stabbed on Wednesday are expected to recover.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C., which investigates officer-involved cases that result in serious harm or death, is investigating the circumstances surrounding Gianis’s death.

On March 29, Gianis was shot and wounded outside a gym in the 1500-block of Harvey Avenue in Kelowna. He mocked his attackers, who have not been charged, in a social media post where he said, “I hope you kept your receipt goof troop crew to get a refund cause your order didn’t go through.”

He also survived a 2017 gangland hit in Langley that left his friend, Tyler Pastuck, dead.

In 2018, he was hunted again, but the assassin went to the wrong house and killed Surrey nurse Paul Bennett, a family man and hockey coach who lived nearby.

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