Victim linked to suspects in Vernon shooting

Police have now confirmed the four people involved in a Vernon shooting knew each other.

RCMP report the May 13 shooting in a 7-Eleven parking lot in the 3200 block of 39th Avenue at around 11:15 p.m. centred around drugs.

“The RCMP would like to assure the public that this incident is not a random act of violence that took place,” said Gord Molendyk, Vernon RCMP spokesperson

“All parties involved knew each other. The incident revolved around the local drug trade.”

An individual jumped into a vehicle in which a 32-year-old Vernon man was sitting, produced a gun and demanded his wallet.

The victim fled the vehicle and was shot in the shoulder.

As he ran towards the store, he was assaulted by two other individuals, receiving blows to the back and the head area.

The victim was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, treated and released.

Two suspects were arrested shortly after the incident while the third, the alleged shooter, was arrested Saturday morning.

A police service dog recovered some evidence from the incident, and Molendyk said the gun used in the incident is believed to be homemade. It has not been recovered.

Molendyk said the incident is not gang-related.

George Denis Deschamps, 27, has been charged with aggravated assault, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assault with a weapon. Anthony Raymond Edwards, 40, and Daniel Adam Vaneck, 34, have been charged with assault with a weapon.

Molendyk announced Tuesday that the victim is facing four charges from a prior incident.

“The previous incident likely contributed to Friday’s event,” he said.

Ryan Yves Thurston Sejberg, 32, has been charged with two counts of uttering threats, one count of extortion and one count of assault. He is expected to appear in court today.