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Multiple Kamloops shootings last year solved without charges: RCMP

Police know who pulled the trigger in multiple shootings in Kamloops last year, but that knowledge hasn't landed anyone in court.

Kamloops RCMP investigated more than eight shootings in the city throughout 2023. The detachment says five of them occurred from July to the end of September.

It's not clear how many of those investigations are ongoing, but some have hit dead ends, according to a Kamloops RCMP report to city hall.

"Several investigations have since been solved, though lack of victim and/or witness cooperation have resulted in charges not being approved," Supt. Jeff Pelley's report read.

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There are no more details about which investigations he is referring to provided in the report.

Most of the shootings reported to the public injured at least one person, while at least one is a homicide.

Chaneill Satow, 39, died in the hospital after she was shot at a Brocklehurst home in May 2023. Nearly a year later, that same home was targeted with a Molotov cocktail, an incident now linked to an ongoing gang conflict in the city.

Before Satow's death, another man was shot at a condo on McGill Road. His was injured in the February 2023 shooting just months after he was targeted in his home the previous fall.

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The next month, a downtown home was hit in a drive-by shooting. One person was injured.

More shootings would follow on the North Shore in the summer, including one that injured a woman in a riverside encampment in July. That was followed a couple weeks later by a man in his 30s shot at a home on Brentwood Avenue.

In September, there were two shootings in one weekend. There first was at a Hugh Allan Drive motel, followed by another at an apartment building on Tranquille Road. At the time, police said they did not know if the two incidents were related. No one was injured that weekend.

In October, there was another that resulted in no injuries, this time on the Tk'emlups reserve.

Police were called to Ricardo Road where a home was targeted in the shooting and a vehicle was doused in accelerant, but it wasn't lit.

None of these shootings have resulted in criminal charges, according to online court records.

The only one that did result in a charge was in November. It's also the only one that targeted a wild animal.

A bear was shot in Westsyde, but it wasn't killed right away. Authorities had to later finish the job.

It resulted in a search and later criminal charges against Jeffrey John Rossall, who is expected to appear in court again later this month.

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