Bail granted for shooting suspect

Victor Gravelle, facing charges of unlawfully discharging a firearm, released on $10,000 bail

A 47-year-old man charged with unlawfully discharging a firearm in Cranbrook has been released on $10,000 bail.

Victor Russell Gravelle appeared in Cranbrook Provincial Court on Tuesday, April 2, for a bail hearing.

The circumstances of the crime as presented in the bail hearing are protected under a publication ban.

Gravelle has been in custody since February 24 facing two charges of unlawfully discharging a firearm. Each charge carries a minimum sentence of four years jail.

He was originally charged with attempted murder, but the Crown dropped that charge at Gravelle’s first court appearance on February 27.

Gravelle appeared in front of Judge Ron Webb via video from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre.

Judge Webb agreed that Gravelle could be released from custody pending trial on a $10,000 recognizance, with strict conditions.

A member of the Ktunaxa Nation, Gravelle must reside on the Canadian portion of the Tobacco Plains reserve. He can’t leave the reserve without written permission from his bail supervisor.

He is not permitted to be in Cranbrook, except with the permission of his bail supervisor, for a court appearance, or for legal meetings.

He is not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs not prescribed to him. Judge Webb also ordered Gravelle not be in contact with five people related to the alleged offence.

Gravelle is also required to be in his residence between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. each day.

He is not permitted to possess any firearms, crossbows, ammunition or prohibited weapons.

According to RCMP, in the early hours of Sunday, February 24, a 47-year-old Cranbrook man allegedly shot into a third-floor apartment on King Street. A police dog and handler tracked the man, who was hiding nearby, and found the weapon close to the apartment, RCMP said.

Cpl. Chris Newel said at the time that the three occupants of the apartment, who knew the alleged shooter, were uninjured, although bullets narrowly missed one person.