Gravelle pleads not guilty

Man charged in Cranbrook shooting incident still in custody.

The man accused of shooting into an apartment in Cranbrook in February has pleaded not guilty.

Victor Russell Gravelle has been charged with two counts of unlawfully discharging a firearm in connection with a February 24 incident.

According to RCMP, in the early hours of that day, 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 the three occupants of the apartment, who knew the alleged shooter, were uninjured, although bullets narrowly missed one person.

In April, Gravelle was granted bail on a $10,000 recognizance, but he is still in custody at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre while organizing the deposit.

In Cranbrook Provincial Court on Monday, May 6, Gravelle appeared via video link from Kamloops. His defence counsel, Rick Strahl, told Judge Grant Sheard that Gravelle pleads not guilty to both charges and has chosen a trial by provincial court judge. The trial is expected to take five days. A date is likely to be set for the trial on June 17.

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