Kamloops Mounties are releasing more information about two shootings that took place on Monday – ones they believe were targeted and related to drug trafficking.
A 911 call came in at 10:55 a.m., which led Tk'emlups RCMP to a home on Salish Road. An “altercation” took place at the residence, according to a press release, “that led a firearm being used to shoot through a window.”
“There were no injuries, however, it is believed that the suspect(s) were driving a black truck.”
At 1:25 p.m., Kamloops RCMP got a call about a shooting between two vehicles near McGill Road and Summit Drive. Both vehicles fled the scene immediately after shots were fired. At the time, it was unknown if anyone had been hurt and police described the suspect vehicle as a black Cadillac Escalade with Alberta plates.
RCMP located both vehicles from the second incident later that afternoon. The Escalade was found in the Pemberton Terrace area abandoned, according to the release. It had an Alberta plate, but the plate was not registered to the vehicle.
“The alleged suspect’s vehicle is a 2007 black Cadillac Escalade, which was reported stolen from Vernon on May 19, 2018, says Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay in the release. “There is reason to believe that the suspect or suspects involved in this shooting have had this vehicle in the Kamloops area since late May.
“For that reason, we’re releasing a picture of the truck and asking that anyone with information about who is known to have possession of this vehicle contact the police.”
It was later found out that a 56-year-old Kamloops resident was injured in the McGill shooting. The victim was shot “several times” and required surgery, but is expected to survive.
A second, “young person” in the vehicle was not hurt. Police say the young person is not from Kamloops and that they won’t be releasing their city of residence at this time.
“Both occupants of the victim’s vehicle are associated to the Kamloops drug trade,” states the release.
RCMP say the two shootings are not confirmed to be connected, but given the similarity in suspect vehicles, police are wanting to speak to anyone who has information.
“The violence that we see occurs in cycles. We may experience periods of relative calm followed by several violent incidents. While planned to some degree, these are most often crimes of opportunity that are not bound by jurisdiction,” says Pillay. “They can happen anywhere and at any time. Fortunately, injuries to innocent bystanders are a rare occurrence but gun use by criminals is treated very seriously by the RCMP and will be investigated thoroughly as a priority case.
“Although this investigation is at it's early stages, we are confident that neither shooting were random but rather targeted shootings related to drug trafficking.”
To talk to police, call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.