Bullet wizzes through two apartments

Bullet wizzes through two apartments


Lyonel Doherty

A 30-year-old Oliver man fired a gun and pierced a hole through the apartments of his two upstairs neighbours.

One of the neighbours, while sitting on his couch, was nearly shot during the bizarre incident south of Oliver yesterday afternoon.

An apartment dweller contacted police to report that “while sitting on his couch at home he heard a loud bang and observed the cushion beside him now had a hole in it and stuffing was coming out of it,” according to Sergeant Blaine Gervais from the Oliver RCMP.

The incident occurred at 2 p.m. in an apartment complex near Road 11.

Gervais said the man who reported the incident believed the loud bang came from the unit directly below him. This unit was occupied by the 30-year-old male.

Oliver RCMP attended the address supported by South Okanagan Traffic Services, Osoyoos RCMP and a First Nations officer. 

“The third floor tenant exited the residence when members arrived and advised he heard several loud bangs and observed pieces of metal on his floor,” Gervais said.

Police subsequently arrested 30-year-old Daniel Khafizov who resided on the bottom floor. Gervais said a search of his unit revealed spent .22 calibre casings, a .22 calibre rifle, along with multiple small calibre bullet holes in the ceiling and walls.

An examination of the middle and top floor units also revealed small caliber holes in the floors and ceilings. Khafizov has been charged with several firearms offences.

“At this time there is no reason to believe he was targeting the upstairs tenants, instead he was just carelessly firing the .22 calibre rifle indiscriminately into his ceiling and walls,” Gervais said.