One man has been sent to hospital for surgery, after a shooting in Kamloops on Thursday night.

Kamloops RCMP say the shooting happened in a parking lot near the intersection of Versatile Drive and Copperhead Drive.

"This was a targeted shooting and not a random event," Staff Sgt. Edward Preto said in a statement.

The victim is a 32-year-old man who is well-known to police.

According to police, witnesses reported hearing gunshots around 8:45 p.m. 

They saw the victim, who had been shot in the lower leg, hobbling into a nearby service station, where he collapsed.

Police say the suspects fled the scene in two small light-coloured vehicles, driving eastbound on Versatile Drive. 

The victim was taken to a local hospital for surgery.

The Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit as well as the Targeted Enforcement Unit are investigating the shooting.

Police are asking anyone who may have information to call the Kamloops Detachment at 250-828-3000, or to call Crime Stoppers.