Police: One person shot at Bi-Mart in Caldwell

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Posted at 6:33 PM, Oct 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-17 16:54:06-04

CALDWELL, Idaho — The Canyon County Sheriff's Office has confirmed with Idaho News 6 there was a large police presence at the 10th Ave. Bi-Mart in Caldwell.

According to a lieutenant with the Caldwell Police Department, there was an altercation around 3:30 in the Bi-Mart parking lot.

A 23-year-old was shot and transported to a local hospital. Caldwell Police says they are now in stable condition.

"At this point, we think this wasn’t just a random act, we do think the suspects and victims somehow know each other," said Lt. Joey Hoadley of the Caldwell Police Department. "We don’t think there is a threat to the community, however we still do have two suspects still outstanding.”

Around 40 shoppers had to remain inside the store for safety reasons as police gathered information and talked to the witnesses during their investigation.

Several cars were wrecked in the parking lot and police told us that was a direct result of the shooting.

"The victim was driving a Navigator and as he began to take rounds from the shooters he tried to flee and crashed into several parked vehicles," said Hoadley.

A neighbor nearby did not hear the shots as he was downstairs with his child, but his wife who was upstairs did.

"She called me right away asking did you hear those seven shots?" said Caldwell resident Austin Hodges. "I didn’t really hear anything, but I went upstairs and went to check to see if I could see anything there was no police at the time so I didn’t really think anything of it, I thought maybe just some fireworks.”

Police are asking the public if they have any information to contact the Caldwell Police Department.

"Caldwell has definitely turned a corner as far as safety goes so things like this definitely shock the senses in our community," said Hoadley. "So it is something we take a lot of pride in making sure that these cases get solved quickly."

“It’s scary," said Hodges. "I feel bad for the people in the store and the people in the parking lot and I pray for the people that got hurt today."