Emergency alert issued after 2 shootings in Preston area

Residents of North and East Preston, Nova Scotia, are being asked to lock their doors and shelter in place Friday night after two shootings in the area.

Police sent out an emergency alert around 8:10 p.m. Friday night after two shootings in the area, the alert said.

RCMP received a call about the shooting at 6:55 p.m., Cpl. Chris Marshall told CBC News.

He said no one appears to be hurt.

Marshall said police arrested one person and two others were seen running in a wooded area behind Brian Street in East Preston.

“These people would have fled into the woods on foot, which obviously makes it much more difficult to move from one area to another, rather than being in a vehicle,” he said.

“And again, we have the area contained at this point.”

The suspects are said to be armed

The suspects are said to be armed.

Marshall said the force had many officers and resources on hand. He said residents should be prepared to eventually evacuate from their homes.

“Police may come to their house and ask them to evacuate, given the proximity of the area,” he said. “It will depend on how the situation develops.”

Police are warning residents not to approach suspects and to call 911 if spotted.