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Surprise after crime follows couple from Surrey to Kamloops

Mick and Kathy Baker were surprised to hear of a shooting in their neighbourhood last night after moving to the city from Surrey this year.
June 05, 2013 - 12:26 PM

KAMLOOPS — Two Kamloops residents were surprised to hear of a shooting in their neighbourhood after moving away from notoriously crime-ridden Surrey, B.C. earlier this year.

Mick and Kathy Baker lived in Kamloops 22 years before moving to explore a multitude of Canadian cities for over a decade.

After around five years in Surrey, they moved back to Kamloops this winter.

"There were shootings and stabbings every night," Mick said.

They didn't expect that type of crime to happen in Kamloops.

When they moved back after 13 years, they were surprised by many of the changes such as residential and commercial development. They were even more surprised by last night's incident.

The two janitors moved to an apartment on Tranquille Road where rent is reasonable on their incomes.

After walking Brenner Avenue to see where the shooting took place last night, they're concerned about their own living situation.

"We're in the basement," said Kathy. "Nothing's safe."

The couple said the area is home to transients and slumlords who rent units to anyone.

Police said that the home where the shooting took place had two apartments - one in the basement and one upstairs.

"They really just don't care," Kathy said.

"This is a business," Mick said.

While the incident gave them a bit of a wakeup call, they say there's nothing to do.

"You can't plan for it," Mick said.

Police recently arrested a man who remains in custody in relation to the incident.

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