UPDATE: Police, firefighter and paramedics have cleared the scene of an Aberdeen neighbourhood after they were unable to ascertain the source of a loud bang reported Monday morning as a possible gunshot. RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn told KTW they received multiple reports of the noise at about 10:17 a.m. and responded with multiple officers, given the nature of the report for the safety of the public. The source of the noise was inconclusive, Evelyn said, noting the reports were related to one specific residence.
"Police did attend and speak to the people of that residence, but also did neighbourhood inquiries to make sure there wasn't something being overlooked," she said.
While police aren't sure what caused the noise, they were able to determine no one had been injured, nor were there any signs of damage to property.
A hold and secure procedure at the nearby Pacific Way elementary has been lifted.
All emergency crews cleared the scene at about 11:20 a.m.
There is heavy police presence in an Aberdeen neighbourhood on Monday morning (April 12).
Eyewitness Nathan Ritchie told KTW he saw about eight police cars converging on Links Way just before 10:45 a.m.
The BC Ambulance Service is also on scene.
Ritchie said police appear to be focused on a house in the Turnberry Place cul de sac, with officers stationed at the corner of Turnberry Place and Links Way to the north, as well as on Nairn Place, which is the cul de sac just west of Turnberry.
At the scene, Ritchie said he overheard one resident mention he heard what he thought were gunshots.
Nearby Pacific Way elementary is under hold and secure protocol as a result of the police presence.
A hold and secure protocol involves a school locking its doors and not allowing anyone in or out of the building, while classes resume as normal. it differs from a lockdown, in which students and staff would be told to shelter in place.
KTW has contacted the Kamloops RCMP and is awaiting a response.