Update 4 pm:
Police continue to search Polson Park after a shooting incident this afternoon.
“Just after 1:30 this afternoon, Vernon RCMP were called to several reports that someone had been shot in the Polson Park area. Upon arrival, officers discovered a male who was suffering from a gunshot wound,” says Corporal Jannelle Shoihet from RCMP E Division.
Shoihet says the man suffered serious but non life threatening injuries.
Media reports say he was shot in the leg.
The incident took place near the homeless camp area on the south east side of the park, behind the Polson Mall.
The park was closed off to the public for safety reasons.
Shoihet tells Kiss FM, the boardwalk, steps, and walkway in the park remain closed as police search for a suspect and evidence in the case.
“Vernon RCMP with assistance from the Vernon General Investigations Section, are working to identify those responsible for this brazen, daylight incident.”
Anyone with information or any witnesses to the crime are asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 and cite file # 2017-13984, or call Crime Stoppers.
Police have their firearms drawn behind the Polson Mall, watching the area near the homeless camps in Polson Park. Click on photos to enlarge.
Update: 3:45 pm
RCMP news release:
Witnesses Wanted in Polson Park Shooting
Just after 1:30 this afternoon, Vernon RCMP received several reports that someone had been shot in Polson Park. Upon arrival at the scene, investigators discovered a male was suffering from a gunshot wound. He has since been transported to a local area hospital for treatment of what are believed to be serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The park was immediately closed and systematically evacuated to ensure public safety and to identify and speak with possible witnesses to this incident.
An evidentiary search is currently underway with assistance from the Integrated Police Dog Service. During this time areas of the Park including the boardwalk, steps and walkway will remain inaccessible, while other areas of the park have re-opened.
Vernon RCMP with assistance from the Vernon RCMP General Investigations Section, are working to identify those responsible for this brazen, daylight incident. If you have information or were a witness to this crime and have not already spoken to the RCMP, you are asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 and cite file # 2017-13984.
A police incident in Polson Park continues.
Mounties have been all over the park since around 2 this afternoon, centered around the homeless camp area on the south east side of the park, behind the Polson Mall.
People are not being allowed into the park.
Global News reports a man was shot in the leg and has been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect has not been apprehended and police are said to be looking for the gun.
No details have been provided by RCMP as yet, and the local detachment says all their resources are tied up with this incident.