UPDATE: False alarm locks down Kamloops neighbourhood

RCMP were blocking off Monarch Drive this evening, Feb. 19, 2016, following unconfirmed reports of a gun shot wound in the McKinley Court area.

KAMLOOPS - A heavy police presence in Upper Sahali tonight, Feb. 19 turned out to be a false alarm.

Around 5:30 p.m. RCMP closed off a wide perimeter around the McKinley Court area and residents were being asked to stay inside.

Early reports on social media said police were responding to a gunshots but an officer on the street told iNFOnews.ca it was not a shooting.

Some residents have told us RCMP have asked them to stay inside their homes. Until roughly 6:30 p.m., an RCMP cruiser was blocking the corner of Monarch Drive and Springhill Drive and the officer was not letting any traffic into the area, though vehicles were let out. Police were heard even blocking parents who were trying to get to kids at home alone.

At least eight police cars attended as well as a police dog service and possibly a helicopter. An ambulance was parked nearby on standby as well.

In a media release, Sgt. Karen Delorey says it was a false call and no one was actually injured.

"Kamloops RCMP responded to 1775 McKinley Court after receiving a phone call from a male who stated he was armed and had shot someone inside a residence at that location," she says. "Ultimately the call was unfounded."

By 6:50 p.m. all officers had cleared the scene.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Brendan Kergin at bkergin@infonews.ca or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

-This story was updated at 7:21 p.m. on February 19, 2016 to include information obtained from a RCMP press release. 

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