Thursday April 17, 2014

House where gun fired 'horrible, horrible'

Teen injured by shotgun blast in North Shore home

The house on Chateau Street.

People living near a house where a teenaged boy was injured by a shotgun blast Sunday night say the rental property is a blight on an otherwise nice neighbourhood.

Pellets from a shotgun blast went through the floor and hit a 15-year-old below at about 9:45 p.m. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries and was expected to be released sometime Monday.

People at the 1131 Chateau St. residence are being described by Kamloops RCMP as unco-operative. Officers are trying to determine why a firearm was discharged in a house and who is responsible.

Cpl. Cheryl Bush said the shooting does not appear to be intentional and the victim does not appear to be an intended target.

But people "associated to the residence" are known to police, she added.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, described a recent incident where a man was taken away with a bloody head.

"Horrible, horrible. His whole head was full of blood and there was two ambulances, four cop cars and the fire truck — they were all parked everywhere."

She said she has phoned the owner of the North Shore house to complain.

"I can't sleep. Why can you sleep? I'm awake all night. You don't know if they're going to shoot through a window in my house."

But the owner, who lives in Westsyde, said she seldom has problems at the rental.

"They have never been a problem to me," Sharole Felker said. "They have always held up their end."

She maintained that the occasional party is not unreasonable, and that the shotgun blast was likely an accident.

"As far as I know everybody is OK. He was scared more than anything else."

Neighbours said they found the experience frightening.

"They (officers) were standing behind my tree with guns drawn," said one of the neighbours who would not give her name.

Bush said it is normal for police to respond with guns drawn to a shooting incident. She said officers would have had to remain on the scene for a few hours to gather evidence.

A similar incident took place in June when a gun was fired in the upstairs suite of a duplex on Brunner Avenue.

The bullet passed through the floor and hit a women living below. She was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Trevor Michael Wilvers was charged in that incident, and the case is ongoing.

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