Police investigate gun complaint at bush party
Details are scarce, but Kamloops Mounties have confirmed they are investigating a gun complaint following a weekend bush party.
RCMP Const. Bernie Ward said more information would be made public later in the week, but noted investigators are looking into an incident involving someone brandishing a firearm at a bush party.
“There is no reason to bring a gun to a bush party,” he said.
“We’ve already had one incident with some grievous injury.”
Ward was referring to an incident last month at a party in the area of Scuitto Lake, south of Barnhartvale, which left one man dead and another man in hospital.
On May 26, 25-year-old Benjamin Kirkey was shot in the wrist while he and a group of friends shot clay pigeons.
Kirkey called for an ambulance, then he and another man drove to meet paramedics.
The truck the men were in crashed before it could reach the ambulance and both men were airlifted to hospital.
Kirkey died the following morning.
Ward said bush parties can also lead to wildfires, like last week’s blaze near Noble Creek, in the hills above Westsyde.
Investigators say the fire was caused by a bonfire in the area and photos on social-networking sites apparently show young party-goers posing with pallets prior to the fire being lit.
Ward urged parents to take steps to ensure they know where their kids are hanging out, noting noise complaints in schoolyards also seem to be on the rise.
“There’s no reason after midnight to be hanging around a school,” he said.