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Kelowna Mounties on edge after arresting man with suspected gang links

RCMP members guard the scene at the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna, B.C., on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 where a brazen gangland-style shooting took place.

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RCMP In Kelowna, B.C., say they are deeply concerned after arresting a man they believe has links to organized crime.

Officers say the 29-year-old Alberta man was carrying a loaded .45 calibre handgun when he was picked up early Wednesday morning, waiting outside a downtown Kelowna nightclub.

Staff Sgt. Terry McLachlan says it appears the man has gang connections in Alberta.

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He says the suspect remains in custody and will appear in a Kelowna courtroom on Wednesday to face a charge of carrying a restricted weapon.

Mr. McLachlan says the arrest in the city's downtown entertainment district causes deep concern because it comes just ten days after Red Scorpions gang leader Jonathan Bacon was gunned down in a targeted hit outside a Kelowna hotel.

No arrests have been made in connection with the Aug. 14 shooting that also injured several people travelling with Mr. Bacon, including a full-patch member of the Hells Angels.

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