Kamloops Mounties have identified suspects connected with a shooting at a home on Alexander Avenue in North Kamloops last week.
Police continue to investigate, but no arrests have yet been made, Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay told KTW, adding he could not disclose how many suspects have been identified as the investigation is ongoing.
“Numerous people have provided information on this case and we’ve recovered some evidence, so the investigation overall is progressing,” he said.
“But we’re faced with the same routine challenges investigating cases within the criminal element or drug subculture … not everyone is co-operative, some witnesses are deceitful and evidence is hard to come by at times.”
Asked if a gun had been recovered, Pillay said he couldn’t comment on the specifics of the probe.
Police believe the shooting was targeted and an isolated incident, with those involved and the residence in which the assault occurred linked to the Kamloops drug trade.
On Dec. 30 at 5:19 a.m., Mounties responded to a reported fight at a home in the 300-block of Alexander Avenue, where police discovered someone had been injured in a shooting. Officers found an injured 24-year-old man nearby and he was taken to Royal Inland Hospital.
Pillay said the 24 year old is alive and still being treated for his injuries.
He said the shooting incident has more to do with the individuals involved as opposed to having any broader context within the local drug trade, but added that doesn’t mean it couldn’t lead to an escalation.
“We’ve seen that pattern numerous times in Kamloops, where a small grievance between a couple of individuals eventually does escalate into a larger conflict between two groups, so that’s why we take these all seriously,” Pillay said.