Tips bring police closer to nabbing suspected gang bangers

Tips from the public continue to bring RCMP closer to a trio of suspects in a gang hit that left one man dead and another injured.

But investigators have a ways to go before arrests are made, prompting police to once again ask the public for help, Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said Sunday.

"They are happy with the progress of the investigation so far," said Learned. "No arrests have been made, but we're always looking for any information that someone may have."

Archie LePretre, 23, and his cousin, also 23, were playing basketball at Stuart Wood elementary last Tuesday when three men armed with knives and a baseball bat attacked them. LePretre died later from injuries suffered during the assault.

Learned said LePretre is known to associate with gang members, including his cousin of Kamloops.

Police have not revealed what gangs were involved in the attacks. The only group with any presence in Kamloops is Redd Alert, an aboriginal street gang based out of Alberta.

Learned said it's unfortunate but not uncommon that non-members can become the victims of gang violence through association.

All three suspects are First Nations. Two are described as heavy set and between 220 and 230 pounds and about five feet six and five feet eight inches tall. One wore a black hat.

The third has a slim build, is about five feet eight inches tall and weighs 180 to 190 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to phone RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

© Copyright 2018 Kamloops Daily News