Kamloops RCMP are asking for the public’s help with their investigation into the murder of a man Saturday night (Feb. 13, 2021).
Around 7:50 p.m., police responded to a report of shots fired at the Howard Johnson Motel on the 500-block of Columbia Street. When police arrived, they found a man in his twenties in one of the units who had been shot. The Serious Crime Unit was called in and has taken over the investigation.
Based on the preliminary information, police believe the homicide was targeted and related to the illegal drug trade. Police believe there is no immediate safety concern to the general public.
The murder scene at the Howard Johnson, as well as two rooms at the Star Lodge, are being held as part of this investigation to be searched by police teams including the Forensic Identification Services. Police are also conducting interviews and neighbourhood inquiries, and collecting any video footage that may be available.
“This homicide occurred early in the night at a time when many people are usually still awake,” said Const. Crystal Evelyn.
“If anyone saw anything suspicious at all that they think may be related to this investigation, please contact us right away. Maybe you saw someone hanging around the area who caught your eye, or maybe it was someone running away in a hurry around 8 p.m. when the call came in – if you think that something you heard or saw may be related, please let us know.”
If anyone has any information related to the investigation, contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2021-4173.