Breakfast in motel interrupted by the sounds of gunfire

Thompson Rivers University student tells KTW he was making breakfast for his son in his room at the Hospitality Inn when shots rang out from below.

UPDATE: KTW has learned the shooting incident at the Hospitality Inn on Friday morning (Oct. 16) had resulted in minor injuries. Police remain at the scene at 500 Columbia St. W. and traffic continues to be rerouted as of 10:30 a.m. At 10:45 a.m., more residents were seen being taken out of the motel by police as the apparent standoff continues.

Rob Chrystall was making breakfast for himself and his son when he heard gunshots coming from the floor below his in the Hospitality Inn on Friday morning (Oct. 16).

Chrystall said he heard five shots, including two that sounded like shotgun blasts, between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., as well as people swearing. He said he heard people saying, "Drop the gun," and "Don't Shoot."

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Chrystall lives on the second floor of the multi-level, outside-entry motel and said the shots sounded like they came from below his room.

He called 911 and was told he was the third person to do so. When police arrived, a number of people were evacuated from the motel, including Chrystall, who said others were told to stay in their rooms. He said he was in his doorway, looking to see what was happening, when an officer ordered him to come outside. His 18-year-old son remained in the room.

Chrystall, who is from Clearwater, said he and his son are staying at the Hospitality Inn while he takes the meat-cutting course at Thompson Rivers University.

He said the RCMP was at the motel a couple of weeks ago with a dog unit.

Another resident of the motel told KTW she was taken out of her room in the motel at 500 Columbia St. W. by police, but added her children — ages nine and four — remained in the motel until police were able to take them out later in the morning. She lives a few doors down from where shots were apparently fired.

Kamloops Mounties have Columbia Street West in Lower Sahali blocked in the 500-block, with traffic being diverted up the frontage road on the south side of Columbia until that street was shut down as well.

An emergency response team has set up across from the Hospitality Inn as officers in at least 12 vehicles surround the motel.

"We are asking citizens to avoid this area for the time being as there may be a risk to the public and there will be a heavy police presence, including road closures,” Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk said in an earlier media release.

More to come …

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