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A 48-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following a shooting in Nanaimo on Monday.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m., on August 1st, in the vicinity of Northfield Road and Nanaimo Parkway. 

Several motorists reported seeing an individual lying on the west side of the highway and began to provide emergency first aid for an apparent gunshot injury until paramedics arrived. 

The victim was then transported to hospital with life threatening injuries and later airlifted to a hospital in Victoria for treatment.

Investigators were able to identify a suspect in the shooting and within twenty minutes, the suspect was located nearby and taken into custody without incident.  

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Now, 48-year-old man Robert Allen Estes, of no fixed address has been formally charged with one count of attempted murder in connection with the shooting.

Estes has been remanded into police custody to await his next court appearance, set for August 11th in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

A team of investigators, led by Police Dog Services, located the missing firearm involved in the shooting late in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 2nd. 

The firearm, which was found in the vicinity of Northfield and Boxwood Road, will undergo a forensic examination.

The 43-year-old shooting victim remains in hospital.

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