Two alleged Kamloops gangsters were charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder in connection with a deadly shooting last week in Brocklehurst — the latest in a string of violent incidents linked to a power vacuum at the top of the city’s drug trade.
Gordie Wayne Braaten and Hugh Alexander McIntosh are each facing charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder following a shooting last Friday that killed 39-year-old Jason Glover and injured 50-year-old Kelly Callfas.
As of Wednesday at noon, Braaten and McIntosh remain at large.
Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Nestor Baird said the public should exercise caution.
“These are targeted events, but the public does have to remain vigilant,” he said. “These are dangerous people.”
Glover and Callfas were shot on Friday afternoon at a residence in the 1900-block of Tranquille Road, according to police. Glover died of his injuries in hospital. There has been no update on Callfas’ condition, but police have said recently she remains in hospital.
Baird said Friday’s shooting is linked to the city’s drug trade, as were two shootings on Jan. 23 that killed two men outside separate Kamloops hotels.
Cody Mathieu was killed outside the Super 8 hotel in Valleyview and Rex Gill was shot to death outside the Comfort Inn in Aberdeen. Police said this week Gill, who was not known to police, may have been killed in a case of mistaken identity.
A timeline of crime in Kamloops
Violence related to organized crime in Kamloops has been more pronounced since the slaying of Konaam Shirzad, one of the founders of the Red Scorpions gang, who was shot to death outside his Guerin Creek home on Sept. 21, 2017.
In the months that followed, the city saw an uptick in violent crime and shootings.
Last fall, investigators connected the October 2018 slaying of Troy Gold to the city’s drug trade. The suspect in that murder is an alleged gangster who remains active in the Kamloops drug trade.
Baird said all the players in Friday’s shooting — assailants and victims — are well-known to local police.
“This is all localized drug activity,” he said. “These are all known people.”
McIntosh, 51, is believed to have been potentially involved in the Jan. 23 hotel shootings, but Baird refused to connect the two incidents when asked on Wednesday.
Braaten, 35, is believed to be a high-ranking member of one of the city’s prominent drug-trafficking organizations. When asked, Baird described both men as “not low-level.”
Baird said he believes police are doing all they can to deal with the ongoing gang-related violence.
“I think we’re doing a good job now of trying to get a handle on things,” he said. “There’s a lot of police officers out there on the streets.”
Braaten is white, stands six feet tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has short, brown hair, green eyes and an athletic build. McIntosh stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 190 pounds. He has a shaved head or balding, brown hair, green eyes and a medium build.
Baird warned anyone who spots either suspect not to confront them.
“Braaten and McIntosh are considered armed and dangerous,” he said. “If you know of their whereabouts, call 911 immediately.”
Baird said police do not know the whereabouts of either man or whether they remain in Kamloops.