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Gunshot in North Vancouver seniors residence prompts police investigation

The incident drew a heavy police response in Lynn Valley on Sunday morning. Here’s what happened.
The Kiwanis North Shore Housing Society’s Lynn Woods building is shown here under construction in May of 2022. North Vancouver RCMP are investigating a “report of a disturbance involving a weapon” on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023 | Google Earth

This story has been amended to correct an error. A previous version of the story incorrectly stated the incident happened at the Lynn Woods apartment, not Lynn Manor.

North Vancouver RCMP are investigating after a resident in a seniors complex accidentally fired a gun Sunday morning.

The incident happened around 8 a.m. at the Lynn Manor apartment in Lynn Valley. Numerous residents reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot, which was followed up by a heavy and armed police response.

Const. Mansoor Sahak, North Vancouver RCMP spokesperson, said there was little detail about the incident that investigators could release.

“Our officers responded to a report of a disturbance involving a weapon in the 2500 block of Whiteley Court. One person was taken into custody. No one was injured. The investigation is ongoing and as such I am not able to share many details,” he said in an email.

Lynn Manor is owned and operated by the non-profit Kiwanis North Shore Housing Society. Executive director Stefan Baune said there was no threat to residents in the building.

“As far as we have been informed, it was an accidental discharge and we are working with the resident to make sure that this kind of incident does not occur,” he said.

Firearms are typically not banned in residential buildings, but they must be stored in accordance with federal rules, meaning they must be locked up and stored separately from ammunition, Baune said.

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