Police confirm multiple victims in B.C. shootings

A bullet-riddled vehicle near the firing site

Police have confirmed multiple casualties in an early morning shooting in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Emergency alerts issued shortly after 06:00 local time (13:00 GMT) warned of “several scenes of filming” in downtown Langley, a town about 25 miles east of Vancouver.

A single suspect has been taken into custody.

Police have not identified a motive in what remains an active investigation.

A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) did not immediately confirm any deaths in Monday’s attack, but said there were “several casualties and several different scenes throughout the city of Langley, and a scene in the township of Langley”.

Homicide investigators are on the scene. The victims were homeless and police believe the attack was targeted.

Roads in the area have been closed while the investigation continues.

Two black SUVs, one of which was riddled with bullets in its windshield, were spotted in a ditch near the shooting site, according to Reuters.

Officers were also seen setting up a forensic tent near a white vehicle whose cardboard covered its license plate.