Port Hardy RCMP are urging the public to refrain from spreading misinformation online, after some social media users reportedly claimed shots were fired and an active shooter was in town Tuesday night.
On Aug. 2 at around 7:45 p.m., Mounties responded to the area of Gray Street in Port Hardy after receiving a report that someone in a bush may be in possession of a gun.
Once on scene, officers located a man matching the description provided of the suspect and promptly arrested him, according to RCMP.
However, no firearm or other weapon was found.
In emailed statements, one tipster told CHEK News that shots were fired, while another alluded to a possible bank robbery.
On Wednesday, Port Hardy RCMP sent a news release stating the detachment “debunks” the current rumours that are circulating online and prompting panic.
“We can confirm that there were no shots fired,” said Port Hardy RCMP Staff Sgt. Andrew Phillips. “We would like to urge the community to be careful with the information they post online to avoid unnecessary confusion and panic.”
RCMP say officers have interviewed the 911 caller and continue investigating the report, asking anyone with information to call the detachment at 250-949-6335.