Mayor says no one hit in shooting near Merritt, B.C., no word on suspects

The mayor of Merritt, British Columbia, said no one was shot Tuesday morning near the community of Nicola Valley, about 300 kilometers northeast of Vancouver.

Mike Goetz said the RCMP told him about 100 rounds were fired at three different locations in the Merritt area.

He said the shooting started in the Coldwater Preserve and was followed by shootings along Mamet Lake Road.

RCMP have not yet identified the suspect or released any details about possible injuries or a motive for the attack.

A notice on the Lower Nicola Indian Band website, asking its residents to stay indoors, said one or more suspects were described as driving a black jeep or pickup truck.

sergeant. Josh Ronda said in a statement from the RCMP that the active investigation is in its early stages and more information may be released at a later date.

Goetz said anytime there is a “shootout” it’s cause for concern.

“People are realizing now that the RCMP found it very quickly, fenced it off and made the area safe very quickly. But yeah, when you do have gunfire in your neighborhood, it’s worrying of.”

– Paul James with CHNL documents

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