Kamloops RCMP say no apparent link between recent pepper spray incidents

By James Peters
May 17, 2016 - 9:15am Updated: May 17, 2016 - 12:33pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops RCMP say there is no apparent link between a pepper spray incident in Brocklehurst yesterday and one that cleared out the North Shore Safeway store Friday evening.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in yesterday's incident, three teens were sprayed outside the Brock 7-11 after a disagreement with a man over a bicycle.

Shelkie says police are still looking for the suspect.

"We weren't able to locate the suspect and there was no description of the suspect," said Shelkie.

The three victims were all treated on scene and released.

Shelkie adds the incident happened outdoors, so there was no impact on bystanders.

She says the impact of pepper spray on a targeted victim is influenced by a number of different factors.

"If you're outdoors it is far less severe than if it happens indoors. It depends on the temperature of the day, which way the wind is blowing, and where you've been pepper sprayed on your body."

"If the pepper spray hits you on your clothing or anywhere but your face, it is not that severe at all. If they were hit in the face or the eyes, it can be very debilitating for them."

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Kamloops RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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