Canadian police say multiple victims in BC shooting

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LANGLEY, British Columbia, July 25 (Reuters) – There were multiple victims of a mass shooting early Monday in the Canadian province of British Columbia and a man was in custody, police said.

Authorities previously issued an emergency alert for multiple shootings in the town of Langley and asked residents to stay alert and away from the area of ​​the incident.

A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said there were “several casualties” in the incident. The statement did not specify the number.

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The spokesperson said there were no further details available when asked how many victims were injured and how many died. Another police spokesperson said investigators from the Lower Mainland Integrated Major Crime and Homicide Investigation Team were brought in.

Police in Langley, a suburb of Vancouver, said they responded to “several reports of shots being fired with multiple victims and several different scenes throughout the city of Langley, and one scene in Langley Township” and asked the public to stay away from several areas, including a casino parking lot and a bus stop.

In an alert sent to the phones of BC residents, police said the shootings involved “transient casualties”. The alert says the suspect was described as a white male in overalls and a camouflage t-shirt.

A Reuters eyewitness saw two black SUVs, similar to those used by police emergency response teams, in a ditch near one of the shooting sites. A vehicle had bullet holes in the windshield.

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Reporting by Ismail Shakil, Kanishka Singh and Nia Williams; Editing by Paul Simao and Bill Berkrot

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