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Vancouver –

A suspect is in custody following reports of an active shooter with a long gun in the community of Vanderhoof, northern British Columbia.

An emergency alert issued in the small district municipality, located about 100 kilometers west of Prince George, was also canceled.

Authorities said the tense situation began with reports that a gunman targeted the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment on Columbia Street at around 12:15 p.m.

The suspect was believed to be driving through the area in a white Ford pickup truck.

As the incident unfolded, the RCMP urged the community’s 4,400 residents to “stay indoors or take shelter in place.”

“While we respect that 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,” RCMP said. BC in a press release around 1 p.m.

The situation also triggered an emergency text alert that was sent to residents of Vanderhoof as well as those on their way to the community.

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