RCMP respond to reports of an active shooter with a long gun in the small community of Vanderhoof in northern British Columbia.
The gunman reportedly aimed at the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment on Columbia Street at around 12:15 p.m. and then circled the area.
The approximately 4,400 residents of the District Municipality, located about 100 kilometers west of Prince George, have been ordered to “stay indoors or shelter in place” until the situation be resolved.
“Lock your doors and avoid leaving your home or workplace at this time. Everyone else should avoid downtown and follow any police instructions or restrictions,” BC RCMP said in A press release.
“While we respect the public may be concerned about family or friends in the area, we ask that you stay away from the area and allow first responders to respond to the emergency.”
Authorities believe the suspect is alone and is driving a white Ford pickup truck with an extended cab.
“The individual should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see the suspect or the vehicle, DO NOT APPROACH. Call 911 immediately,” RCMP said.
Mounted police have also asked members of the community to avoid posting any photos or videos that could reveal the whereabouts or tactics of officers as the tense situation unfolds.
Authorities have issued a localized emergency alert for Vanderhoof, and anyone in the community or near the community could receive an SMS alert informing them of the situation, the RCMP said.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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