British Columbia

Williams Lake lockdown lifted after 1 person arrested

A lockdown has been lifted and one person has been arrested after a shooting in Williams Lake led to the closure of all schools in the area Monday morning.

Mayor confirms 1 person arrested after four shots fired

Schools in Williams Lake were closed and school buses were not running on Monday morning because of a shooting. (The Canadian Press)

A lockdown has been lifted and one person has been arrested after a shooting in Williams Lake led to the closure of all schools in the area on Monday morning.

The incident began at about 4 a.m. PT when someone fired shots at a home in the 900-block of Western Avenue, said a statement released by the RCMP.

It appears the shooter was targeting the former residence of a local gang member, but the home is now occupied by a family with no criminal connections, said police.

Nobody was injured in the shooting, but after police arrived another shot was heard in the neighbourhood.

As a precaution police notified area schools to shut down and told residents to stay inside while they conducted their investigation.

Police later arrested one person and seized a firearm. The suspect's identity has not yet been released.

Thompson Rivers University said it planned to re-open its Williams Lake campus at 10:30 a.m.

Officials with School District 27 said schools would remain closed for the rest of the day. Schools in the district that are not in Williams Lake or 150 Mile House remained open for the day.

Gang activity concerns mayor

Mayor Walt Cobb said he believed the shooting was linked another in the area recently.

"I'm under the impression that it was retaliation for a shooting that happened here a while ago,"  said Cobb.

The community in the central interior of B.C. has been hit with a wave of gang violence in recent months, including the fatal shooting of a man in March.

In another recent incident a 14-year-old boy was robbed of his BMX bike at gunpoint at the local skate park during the day.

"I'm a little depressed I guess. It's not the way to start a week or a Monday morning for sure, to be getting phone calls about a shooting in your community," said Cobb.