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Canadian police A lone gunman responded to multiple separate shooting scenes and injured victims before being taken into custody in the British Columbia city and town of Langley on Monday.
Early in the morning, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Langley said its officers responded to “multiple reports of gunfire with multiple victims and a scene in the City of Langley and Township of Langley.”
“Out of an abundance of caution, an Emergency Alert has been issued until investigators confirm the suspect acted alone.” a police spokesman Sgt. Rebecca Parslow said in a statement. “Langley RCMP, with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, have taken into custody a man who we believe is responsible for the shootings.”
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Parslow said the police emergency alert was updated at 7:20 a.m. local time because investigators believe a single suspect is in custody.
“This is an active investigation with many areas of Langley City and Langley Township closed to the public,” he said. “The public is asked to stay away from the following areas: 200 Street and the Langley Bypass; the Cascades Casino parking lot at Fraser Highway and 204 Street; the Langley Bus Loop at Logan Avenue and Glover Road.”
Parslow did not specify the number of victims or whether there were any deaths. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
A purported screenshot of the alert shared on social media warned of “multiple shooting scenes downtown” and said one incident took place in Langley Township. “temporary sacrifices”.
The alert describes the possible shooter as a Caucasian male with dark hair wearing brown Carhartt overalls and a blue and green camouflage shirt with a red logo on the right sleeve.
Videos shared on social networks also show a heavy police presence in the city center.
Langley is about 30 miles southeast of Vancouver.
The deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history occurred in 2020 when a man masquerading as a police officer shot people and set fires in their homes in Nova Scotia, killing 22 people.
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In 1989, after a gunman named Marc Lepin killed 14 women and himself at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, the country overhauled its gun control laws. It is now illegal to possess an unregistered handgun or any type of rapid-fire weapon in Canada. The country also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, a spousal notification and a criminal record check to purchase a gun.
This is an evolving story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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