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No active shooter in Canmore despite social media chatter: RCMP

RCMP said reports of an active shooter in Canmore, Alta., on Saturday, April 25, 2020 were false. The Canadian Press Images-Mario Beauregard

Despite reports of an active shooter in Canmore on Saturday, police confirmed it was a false alarm.

RCMP responded to a complaint about a man with a long gun near Highway 1 and the Canmore Hospital after 6 p.m.

Using service dogs, police flooded the area and locked down the hospital for 40 minutes. Officers determined that “the complaint was unsubstantiated.”

“Contrary to what was reported on social media, there was not an active shooter in the area. Police confirm that there is no threat to public safety,” RCMP said in a news release.

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Town councillor and store owner Rob Seeley said his shop windows were smashed around the same time as the lockdown.

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There is no known link between the lockdown and the broken windows but Seeley told Global News the recent deadly shooting in Nova Scotia has the town on edge.

He said he was “very happy with [the RCMP] response.”

“They were on it,” he said.

– With files from Global News’ Cami Kepke 

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