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‘Remarkable no one was hurt’: Mounties release details of shooting in Vanderhoof

More than a dozen people were working at the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment when a gunman sprayed bullets into the building, prompting employees to duck for cover to avoid being shot, RCMP said Friday.

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Open gunfire blasted the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment Thursday, with bullets narrowly missing police officers who were inside working.

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The direct attack on the police building sent the entire northern community into lockdown.

More than a dozen people were working at the detachment in the 100-block of Columbia Street when a shooter sprayed bullets into the building at 12:16 p.m., prompting employees to duck for cover to avoid being shot, Mounties said Friday.

“Bullets from a rifle smashed through exterior windows striking walls, equipment and flying past work stations where police officers and office staff sat,” said Chief Supt. Warren Brown of the North District in a statement. “With the serious level of threat and fluid mayhem, it is remarkable to believe no one was hurt.”

A suspect was in custody within an hour of police alerting the public there was an active shooter on the loose. He was said to be driving around the community in a pickup.

“Yesterday was nothing less than the most horrendous occurrence that can happen for police officers, our support staff and our community,” Brown said.

Residents were urged to shelter in place, lock their doors and not leave their home or business.

No further details have been released about the continuing investigation, which has seen the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment closed for forensic examination.

Investigators are asking anyone with footage of the shooting, or the events following it, to contact police at 250-567-2222.

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