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Nanaimo RCMP are investigating a shooting that sent a 43-year-old man to hospital with life-threatening injuries 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 gun shot injury until paramedics arrived. 

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

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

The right bound lane near the Northfield intersection was closed for several hours while police examined the scene and searched for forensic evidence.

On Tuesday, August 2nd, a search warrant was carried out by investigators on an encampment where the suspect resides. 

The suspect, a 48-year-old man, was arrested for attempted murder and is expected to be formally charged later today, police said.

The firearm used in the shooting was not located but is believed to be a sawed off shotgun in the area of Boxwood Road and Northfield. 

Anyone who comes across the gun is asked to not touch it and call 911 or Nanaimo RCMP at (250) 754-2345. 

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