A man has been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Kamloops on Thursday (Oct. 1).
Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Sascha Fesenko said police received reports of gunshots in North Kamloops, at a house on the corner of Willow Street, Cottonwood Avenue and Renfrew Lane, the three-way stop behind Library Square.
Police closed the intersection at about 7:19 p.m. and investigated, finding damage from a firearm at a white house at the southwest corner.
Numerous shots were fired, and police found three people in the home when they arrived, but no injuries were reported.
A suspect was identified by about 2:30 a.m. the next morning and police converged on a residence in Dallas on Friday at about 5:30 a.m., where the emergency response team was used to take him into custody without incident.
“Based on the police investigation thus far, it is believed that the residence was targeted,” Fesenko said.
On Friday morning, police had pulled back the police tape line to allow traffic through on Willow Street. Investigators were on scene and the tape was wrapped around a truck and the front of the white house at the corner of Cottonwood Avenue and Willow Street.
The suspect is a person know to Kamloops RCMP and, once identified, police were able to locate him based on previous information and current surveilance, Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay told KTW.
Pillay said all parties involved and both Dallas and North Kamloops homes are related to conflicts within the local drug trafficking scene.
The suspect remains in custody and no decision on charges has been made as of yet. Police have also seized the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting.
A youth in the area told KTW he was walking at about 5 p.m. on Thursday to his sister’s residence on nearby Sherwood Drive and, when he arrived, was asked by his sister’s boyfriend if he had heard gunshots.
This investigation is ongoing and police are asking witnesses to call the Kamloops RCMP detachment at 250-828-3000.