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An arrest stems from Kamloops shooting — but not for the shooting

Police say a vehicle at the scene of the incident was later found abandoned on a rural property near Chase. This led to the execution of a search warrant of the property. Steven Stuart Gardner was arrested on an unrelated investigation relating to events that occurred on or around Sept. 13.
Steven Stuart Gardner
Steven Stuart Gardner.

While no suspects have been arrested in connection with the Oct. 16 shooting at the Hospitality Inn in Lower Sahali that sent one person to hospital with minor injuries, other charges have been laid as a result of the investigation.

Police say a vehicle at the scene of the incident was later found abandoned on a rural property near Chase. This led to the execution of a search warrant of the property.

Steven Stuart Gardner was arrested on an unrelated investigation relating to events that occurred on or around Sept. 13.

Gardner has been charged with possession of a firearm contrary to an order and possession of a firearm without a licence.

He has also been charged, under the Motor Vehicle Act, with driivng while prohibited.

Mounties responded to the Hospitality Inn along the 500-block of Columbia Street West art about 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 16. Police closed down the road and surrounded the hotel, awaiting the arrival of the emergency response team (ERT) from Kelowna. Police believed suspects may have still been hiding in the motel, possibly armed.

Once an ERT armoured vehicle arrived Mounties could be heard ordering people out of a specific room, but by about 12:30 p.m. had cleared the motel, finding no suspects.

One person was taken to hopsital with a non-fatal gunshot would.

Initial reports to police indcated a group of individuals were seen in the parking lot when the gunfire erupted.

A tenant of the motel told KTW he heard five gunshots ring out from below his second floor unit.

Police have been unable to confirm whether the incident was related to organized crime, but in Tuesday's press release noted "drugs, gund and organzied crime go hand in hand and continue to be a threat to the community."

Sgt. Daren Michel said the Kamloops RCMP continues to work to identify those responsible for the shooting.

"We take these types of incidents very seriously due to the blatant disregard for public safety," Michels said in the release.

Anybody who witnessed the shooting or with information on Gardner asked to call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (2477).