A Merritt woman had to shut down her home-based business for the day after RCMP and tactical forces sealed off the block and used her backyard to gain access to a house on Nicola Avenue.
The 1700 block of Nicola Avenue was closed by Merritt RCMP at approximately 3:00 p.m. November 18. The public is asked to stay away from the area.
The woman, whose yard backs onto the target residence, said earlier today the RCMP came to her home, where her business is located, and asked to use her backyard to gain access to their target.
She said there were many policemen around her house and in her yard.
On the phone with Capital News, at least one flash bomb was deployed and a battering ram may have been used in an attempt to gain access to the residence.
“There’s been shooting for a few days now,” the woman said.
Earlier in the day, police were called to the 2100 block of Priest Ave., in what is believed to be a targeted shooting.
A truck was reportedly stolen from a residence on Granite Avenue for the purpose of the shooting.
RCMP said the shots may be related to more than 100 bullets fired Nov. 15 at multiple locations in the Nicola Valley.
Police are looking for videos of any businesses or residences in these locations:
- 1700 block of Granite Ave, Merritt (truck theft scene);
- 2100 block of Priest Ave, Merritt (shots fired);
- On-ramp to Hwy 5a, just outside Merritt (truck fire scene).
The situation is ongoing.