Canadian police say multiple homeless people have been shot in a Vancouver suburb early and the suspect is in custody.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said most of the shootings were in downtown Langley in south-west British Columbia; there was also a reported shooting in the neighboring Langley Township.
The attack is believed to have lasted for hours. Images from social media showed multiple vehicles, including a police SUV, with bullet holes in them.
Police did not release any details on the condition of the victims, but the presence of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team suggested at least one person had been killed in the shootings.
Residents received a cellphone alert at about 6.30am on Monday morning, warning people to avoid the area. The alert described the suspect as a white male, wearing brown coveralls and a blue and green camouflage T-shirt.
Police cordoned off a main thoroughfare through the center of the city. Authorities later issued a second alert saying the suspect was in custody and there was no longer a threat to the public.
Authorities initially said they were unsure if the shooter acted alone. But police later said the man in custody was believed to be solely responsible. A homicide team confirmed on social media its investigators had been deployed to Langley to help the mounted police.
Yellow police tape surrounded a sandwich shop and a parking lot in Langley at the scene of one of the shootings. A black tent was set up over one of the crime scenes.
Langley is about 30 miles (50km) south-east of Vancouver.
Mass shootings are less common in Canada than in the US. The deadliest gun rampage in Canadian history happened in 2020 when a man disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires across the province of Nova Scotia, killing 22 people.
The federal government recently announced plans to overhaul its gun-control laws, restricting the purchase, importation and selling of handguns.
“We are capping the number of handguns in this country,” said the prime minister, Justin Trudeau. The regulations to halt the growth of personally owned handguns is expected to be enacted this autumn.