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POLICE – Photo of Escalade involved in intersection shooting released

Police want to know more about who was driving this vehicle. (Image: Kamloops RCMP)

One victim in other vehicle was shot several times but expected to survive, second occupant not injured

The Kamloops RCMP serious crime unit continues to investigate a shooting at the intersection of McGill Road and Summit Drive on Monday, releasing a photo of a stolen black Escalade and asking for the public’s help in identifying who was in possession of the vehicle.

Here’s today’s (Tuesday, June 12, 2018) entire press release from police:

On Monday, June 11th at 10:55 am Tk’emlups RCMP responded to a 911 call which led investigators to a residence on Salish Road. The investigation revealed unidentified person(s) allegedly attended a residence and an altercation took place that led to a firearm being used to shoot through a window. There were no injuries however it is believed that the suspect(s) were driving a black truck.

Later, on Monday, June 11th at 1:25 pm Kamloops RCMP received a report of a shooting incident between two vehicles near the intersection of McGill Road and Summit Drive. Both vehicles fled the scene immediately after the shots were fired. The suspect vehicle was described as a black Cadillac Escalade truck with an Alberta licence plate. At the time, it was unknown if anyone had been hurt in the incident.

Officers immediately attended the area and flooded egress routes in an attempt to locate one or both of the vehicles involved. With assistance from the public, both vehicles involved in the McGill area shooting have been located, seized and are in police custody.

The suspect truck was located in the Pemberton Terrace area of Kamloops, abandoned. It was bearing a licence plate from Alberta that was not registered to the vehicle itself. “The alleged suspect’s vehicle is a 2007 black Cadillac Escalade which was reported stolen from Vernon on May 19th, 2018.

“There is reason to believe that the suspect or suspects involved in this shooting have had this vehicle in the Kamloops area since late May. For this reason, we are releasing a picture of the truck and asking that anyone with information about who is known to have possession of this vehicle contact the police” explained S/Sgt Simon Pillay.

RCMP later learned that a 56 year-old Kamloops resident was injured in the McGill incident. The victim was shot several times and required surgery but is expected to survive. A second occupant of the vehicle, a young person, was not injured. The young person is not from Kamloops and the city of residence is not being released at this time. Both occupants of the victim’s vehicle are associated to the Kamloops drug trade.

Although the two shootings are not confirmed to be connected, given the similarity in suspect vehicles involved, the public’s assistance is being sought for both cases.

S/Sgt Pillay said, “The violence that we see occurs in cycles. We may experience periods of relative calm followed by several violent incidents. While planned to some degree, these are most often crimes of opportunity that are not bound by jurisdiction. They can happen anywhere and at any time. Fortunately, injuries to innocent bystanders are a rare occurrence but gun use by criminals is treated very seriously by the RCMP and will be investigated thoroughly as a priority case. Although this investigation is at it’s early stages, we are confident that neither shooting were random but rather targeted shootings related to drug trafficking”.

Kamloops RCMP is asking anyone who saw the initial incident on McGill and Summit or who has any information about these incidents to contact the RCMP at 250-828-3000.  If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

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