'Life-threatening injury'

UPDATE 11:55 a.m.

A woman was rushed to hospital after she was shot in an apartment on the 3700 block of 24th Avenue of Vernon early Saturday morning.

Vernon RCMP Const. Kelly Brett said a 49-year-old woman “sustained life-threatening injuries" when she was shot shortly after 1 a.m., and she remains in the hospital.

"The investigation is in its early stages, however, preliminary information suggests that this was not a random attack," Const. Brett said. "Police do not believe that public safety is at risk.”

The Vernon General Investigative Section and the Vernon North Okanagan Forensic Identification Services are investigating the shooting. 

RCMP are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious early Saturday morning near the 3700 block of 24 Ave to call 250-545-7171.

Anonymous tips can be given to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.

Neighbours of the complex where a shooting is believed to have occurred said they heard two gunshots at about 2 a.m., followed by a woman screaming. 

There are unconfirmed reports that a woman was injured at 3711 24 Avenue, but the extent of her injuries is unknown. 

It is currently unknown if anyone was arrested at the scene. 

What appear to be two bullet holes can be seen in a ground-floor window of the complex, and police have taped off the entire area. 

ORIGINAL: 11:05 a.m.

Police have taped off a building complex in a notorious area of Vernon Saturday morning after multiple gunshots were reportedly fired into a home.

Neighbours say gunshots rang out in the 3700 block of 24 Avenue at about 2 a.m.

While police are staying tight-lipped about their investigation, they have taped off the complex at 3711 24 Avenue.

A ground-floor window, with what appears to be two bullet holes, has been marked by police.

Multiple yellow evidence markers, currently up to 18, have been placed around the snowy property.

It is currently unknown if anyone was injured in the incident. 

A neighbour in the area says he's seen the neighbourhood deteriorate in the three years he's lived there.

“I think a lot of it is drug related,” he said, adding he has had his car stolen on the block.  

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.  

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– with files from Josh Winquist and Darren Handschuh

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