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UPDATE: Area clear, schools no longer on alert after Kamloops shooting

(UPDATE: Oct. 16 @ 1 pm): The incident has now concluded, police said, with the area now "cleared for suspects and safety."

Columbia Street West has now reopened to traffic and schools are no longer on hold and secure alert.

"RCMP will remain on scene as we continue our investigation into this incident," Sgt. Darren Michels said.

"We would like to thank the community for their patience."

(UPDATE: Oct. 16 @ 10:55 am): Schools near the scene of a shooting in Kamloops have been told to secure and hold while Mounties continue their investigation.

One person has been taken to hospital with a gunshot wound deemed non-life-threatening.

Police were called to 500 Columbia Street West, outside the Hospitality Inn, at about 7:30 am to reports of multiple gunshots in the area.

"Upon arrival, police were unable to locate any suspects and the area was contained for investigation and safety," Sgt. Darren Michels explained.

"Initial reports indicate a group of individuals were seen in a parking lot when gunfire erupted. One individual in the area suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound and is being treated at RIH."

The road remains closed while officers "ensure that the scene is safe and there is not any danger to the public," Sgt. Michels said.

"As this is a multiple unit hotel area, this may take some time. As a precaution, local schools in the vicinity have been requested to secure and hold for the time being until we can investigate further."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kamloops RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-2477.

(Original story: Oct. 16 @ 7:47 am): Police have warned people in Kamloops to stay away from part of the city for their own safety.

Mounties are responding in force after reports of multiple shots fired in the 500 block area of Columbia St West.

"We are asking citizens to avoid this area for the time being as there may be a risk to the public and there will be a heavy police presence, including road closures,” Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk said.

More information will be provided when available, Sgt. Buliziuk added.

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