Kamloops had three fatal shootings in the first six weeks of 2019 – a record for the small hub city. Contributing to the problem are bigger city gangs that have some control over the local Kamloops drug trade.
Here’s my feature:
Kamloops hit with unprecedented level of gang violence
Updated: March 14, 2019
KAMLOOPS — Sonia Dhaliwal was working at the front desk of the Super 8 Motel on Jan. 23 when someone told her a man was lying in the parking lot outside.
She hadn’t seen him or heard any gunfire. She thought maybe the person, who was not a hotel guest, had fallen ill or was drunk.
But Cody Marcel Mathieu, a 31-year-old Kamloops man well-known to police, had been shot dead.
“Police came and just blocked all the area,” Dhaliwal told Postmedia this week, as she pointed to where Mathieu’s body had been near a drained swimming pool full of snow.
She said investigators checked motel security cameras and confirmed that all the cars in the lot were accounted for. She doesn’t know how Mathieu got to the motel lot, which is south of the Trans-Canada Highway and the South Thompson River.
“Maybe he got hit as he was running for his life,” she said.
Two hours later, Rex Gill, a Penticton man in town to help a friend with some house repairs, was found dead in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn and Suites just 10 kilometres west on the Trans-Canada.
Police believe the 42-year-old father of four was gunned down in a case of mistaken identity.
With three murders in the first six weeks of 2019, this city of almost 100,000 is in the throes of unprecedented gangland violence.
VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 11, 2019 – Kamloops mayor Ken Christian in his office in Kamloops, BC, Mar. 11, 2019. (Arlen Redekop / PNG staff …read more
Source:: Vancouver Sun