UPDATE: Kamloops RCMP cleared the 500-block of Columbia Street at about 12:30 p.m. this afternoon. Vehicles could be seen departing the area, including the ERT amoured vehicle. Police were not able to locate a suspect, but believed one may have been hiding in a rooms, possibly armed. Eventually police determined the area to be cleared and safe for the public. The street was reopened to traffic and nearby schools allowed to lift hold and secure procedures. Some RCMP officers remain at the scene to investigate the incident.
Original: Kamloops RCMP has released an update on the shooting incident at the Hospitality Inn in Lower Sahali on Friday (Oct. 16).
Sgt. Darren Michels said one person is in Royal Inland Hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound and police are in the process of ensuring the scene is safe before re-opening Columbia Street to traffic.
Michels said police received several reports of shots being fired at 7:30 a.m. He said officers on the scene could not find any suspects and cordoned off the area for the investigation.
“Initial reports indicate a group of individuals were seen in a parking lot when gunfire erupted,” Michels said. “One individual in the area suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound and is being treated at RIH.”
As of 11 a.m., Columbia Street West remains closed in the 500-block and Michels said, based on the numerous motels in the area, it will take some time for police to ensure the area is safe to re-open.
“As a precaution, local schools in the vicinity have been requested to secure and hold for the time being until we can investigate further,” Michels said.
Meanwhile, at 11 a.m., an officer on a loudspeaker was telling the occupants of a specific room that they were under arrest and that they were to come out with their hands up. That was followed by a loud noise that sounded like a flash grenade, which are used to disorient suspects during an attempted arrest.
Anybody who witnessed the shooting or who has information is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) (8477).