Police say that two men were shot dead in the city Wednesday morning.
Kamloops RCMP first responded to the Super 8 motel in Valleyview at 6:50 a.m. where a man was found with apparent gunshot wounds.
Two hours later, police were called to the Comfort Inn and Suites just off Rogers Way where another man was found shot.
Police later confirmed that both men died due to their injuries.
“Currently we have numerous police resources, both uniform and plain clothes officers investigating both incidents. Given that both shootings happened within two hours of each other and in public places, we are asking the public to remain vigilant and mindful of any suspicious activity they may see in the community and report it to police,” said RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a statement released to media.
Shelkie said the investigation is still in its infancy and no further details are available, and urged the public to contact Kamloops RCMP if they have further information on the incidents.
A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon where police will provide any available new information.
Police are on scene at two locations in Kamloops Wednesday morning after two men were shot and transported to hospital, at least one of whom is believed to have died.
Kamloops RCMP say that around 6:50 a.m. this morning they were called to the Super 8 motel in Valleyview following a report of a man on the ground who appeared to have been shot.
Two hours later, RCMP responded to another call to the Comfort Inn and Suites on Rogers Way for another male shot. At least 15 police vehicles responded to the Rogers Place incident.
The BC Coroners Service was also at the scene on Rogers Place.
A source with knowledge of the incidents told KTW the shootings are related to a turf war between local drug-trafficking criminal organizations. The source also said at least one of the victims has died.
Access was also restricted Wednesday morning at Royal Inland Hospital before things returned to normal around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Interior Health spokesperson Susan Duncan said the hospital was asked by RCMP to place extra security outside the emergency room doors.
Patients were still able to access the emergency room while access was restricted.
Duncan said the incidents were unrelated to the hospital.
RCMP are still unsure if the two incidents are related and say no suspects have been identified.