Shooting suspect appears in court

Man charged with attempted murder, unlawfully discharging a firearm.

A Cranbrook man appeared in Provincial Court on Wednesday, February 27 facing charges of attempted murder and unlawfully discharging a firearm.

Victor Russell Gravelle was remanded in custody by Judge Grant Sheard pending his next court appearance on March 18.

Greg Sawchuk was representing Gravelle as duty counsel until a lawyer is assigned to him.

Gravelle consented to stay in custody until a bail hearing via video on March 18.

Prosecution counsel Andrew Mayes said the Crown is dropping the charge of attempted murder, but is expecting to lay new charges soon.

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 the three occupants of the apartment, who knew the alleged shooter, were uninjured, although bullets narrowly missed one person.