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'Seems pretty normal': Slocan, B.C. celebrates Thanksgiving as manhunt continues

Peter DeGroot, 45, is shown in this undated handout photo.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/RCMP Handout
October 13, 2014 - 4:08 PM

SLOCAN CITY, B.C. - Residents of the tiny Kootenay village that was locked down after a man allegedly shot at police say things are getting back to normal, even though the suspect remains at large.

Police have removed their guard of the entrances to Slocan and guests were visiting to celebrate Thanksgiving with family.

RCMP continue a search for the suspect, 45-year-old Peter Degroot, though they have said little about the case this weekend.

Tom Knott, owner of the Slocan Village Market, says it's a busy weekend for his store and none of his customers are throwing nervous glances over their shoulders.

Antonia Crossley, who runs the Harold Street Cafe, says she doesn't feel threatened at all.

She says her customers find it quite comical that police were trying to use social media to contact Degroot, because he lives off the grid.

Police allege that Degroot exchanged gunfire with officers on Thursday following a dispute the suspect had with another man and fled into the woods, prompting a search that has involved dozens of officers.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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