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Arrests made after shooting

UPDATE: 12:53 p.m.

Police received numerous calls from the public after gunshots were heard near a residence in the 3000 block of 41st Avenue in Vernon Wednesday night.

At 9 p.m., multiple officers from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP descended on the area in response and learned that vehicles associated to the incident had fled the scene prior to police arrival.

A detailed description of one of the suspect vehicles was provided to officers. A short time later, the vehicle was located on Hwy. 97 by an officer patrolling in Spallumcheen. Given there were firearms involved in this incident, police initiated a high-risk stop with the occupants of the suspect vehicle.

"Police and public safety are of the utmost importance to police and we treat every incident involving a firearm as serious," said Cpl. Tania Finn, Media Relations Officer with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.

The two people inside the vehicle complied with the police officer’s direction and were quickly taken into custody without further incident.

Police arrested a 20-year-old woman from Vernon who was later released without charge and a 26-year-old man from Kelowna who remains in custody. Police have not had any reports of injuries as a result of the shots fired complaint; however, the investigation continues as police remain on scene.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.


ORIGINAL: 9:26 a.m.

RCMP descended on 41st Avenue and 31st Street Wednesday night after reports of gunshots in the area.

A witness, who did not want to be named, said he heard loud pops and the sound of a vehicle leaving the area in a hurry at around 9 p.m.

"I heard a loud pop, and then a short pause, and then seven or eight more pops. It sounded like firecrackers so I didn't think much of it and then I heard the squealing tires so I thought differently," the witness said.

There was a police cruiser on scene as of 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

We will have more details on the incident once details are confirmed by police.



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