UPDATE: Bloodcurdling scream heard in motel shooting

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Early morning shooting in Kelowna motel – Jul 13, 2018

A woman is in hospital with a gunshot wound and Kelowna RCMP are now investigating this morning’s incident.

Police say they received a distress call today at 5:23 a.m. regarding a woman at a motel on Lakeshore Road. Numerous members were sent to the scene after emergency responders learned the woman had been shot.

One motel tenant said she woke up at 4 a.m., and was watching Netflix when she heard “a bloodcurdling . . . like not a good scream. I thought it was the show I was watching. And then I thought ‘No, this is not the show.’ I turned it off and came (outside).

“There were 12 cop cars and two ambulances and when I came out, they were loading whoever it was into the ambulance.”

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Another tenant said she was surprised at what happened, stating “the neighbourhood is very safe,” and that the only information she received was that “somebody’s boyfriend showed up and physically hurt them and the police were looking for them.”

Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said the “investigation is in its early stages. Although no arrests have been made, police do not believe there is any risk to public safety.”

He added that, “police officers will continue to secure the scene, gathering physical evidence as part of their ongoing investigation.”

The property manager of the motel, Mission Park Inn, which transitioned to permanent housing last year, spoke to Global Okanagan about what happened.

“There was a police incident this morning. I believe it took place around 5:30 a.m. Police were called on site and a woman was in distress,” said James Rayburn.

“When I got here, it had all been moved on. More of just trying to pick up where things were left, find out what was going on with tenants; whether it was a tenant in the building that something happened with or an associate of the tenant. Just trying to figure out that.”

Asked for his reaction, Rayburn said “Well, I think everybody’s always concerned when there’s an incident like this. But for the most part, people understand that these things happen and we’re just trying to find out actually what took place, and if there’s any danger to the property or to the people. That seems not to be the case.”

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Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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