POLICE – Information sought on black Honda Civic in homicide investigation

Stock image of a vehicle similar to one found burned in Rayleigh. (Image: RCMP)

Kamloops RCMP investigators are looking to identify the movements of a black Honda Civic located on fire, just hours after a drive-by shooting Friday night.

The Honda Civic, a late 1990s two-door sedan, was located around 2 a.m., on Aug. 27, 2022, when police were called to a vehicle fire on Frontage Road in Rayleigh.

The vehicle’s discovery came just a few hours after police responded to a 911 call on Ord Road and Singh Street, where two men were shot while inside a red Toyota Matrix. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead shortly after; the second victim was taken to hospital in stable condition.

“At this time, it’s unknown if the two incidents are related,” said Staff Sgt. Todd Wiebe, Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit.

“We are turning to the public with hope that someone has information related to the movements of that black Honda Civic from the days and hours prior to its discovery in Rayleigh on Saturday morning.

“Maybe you noticed a vehicle matching the description speeding around your neighbourhood, maybe it was parked on your road and struck you as suspicious — whatever it was that made an older model black Honda Civic sedan stick out in your mind recently, we want to hear from you.”

The motive of the drive-by shooting, including whether or not it is gang-related, is part of the ongoing investigation. The victim was well-known to police and the homicide is believed to be targeted.

The Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit, Forensic Identification Service Unit, Police Dog Service Unit, General Investigative Support Team, and frontline officers are involved in the investigation.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed or may have information related to the incident, including security footage, cell phone or dash cam video, that may have captured anything suspicious to contact the Kamloops RCMP.

Areas of particular interest include Ord Road and Singh Street, as well as Rayleigh Frontage Road, between 9 p.m. Aug. 26 and 2:30 a.m., Aug. 27. Call 250-828-3000 and reference file 2022-30179.

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