Charges laid in Sooke Road shooting

Charges laid in Sooke Road shooting

Tomas Paul Podhora of Victoria charged with attempted murder and possession of a prohibited weapon

One charge of attempted murder and one charge of possession of a prohibited weapon have been laid against 22-year-old Tomas Paul Podhora of Victoria in connection to last week’s shooting in the 2600 block of Sooke Road in Langford.

The 38-year-old victim of the shooting’s name is protected by a publication ban, as is the evidence heard at the telebail hearing at which Podhora was charged.

Podhora was arrested at an apartment on the 3200-block of Quadra Street in Saanich, along with a 21-year-old man – a resident of the apartment who was detained on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, but was later released without charge.

The 38-year-old victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a call came in to 911 operators approximately 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 and officers arrived on the scene, finding him in inside the house with multiple gunshot wounds.

It is still unclear what the relationship Podhora has with the house or its residents, though the residence was attended to by authorities earlier that same evening for a separate event, and all parties involved in this incident “are well known to police,” according to Staff Sgt. Steve Wright of the West Shore RCMP.

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