Shooting south of Burns Lake

One person of interest is in custody after a reported shooting on the Southside.

The Francois Lake ferry was not operating in the morning of May 18 while police were at the scene. (Laura Blackwell Photo)

One person has been found deceased and RCMP were holding one person of interest in custody Thursday morning.

Lakes District News has unconfirmed reports that a shooting has taken place on the Southside.

Police said in a press release that they received multiple calls from the community in relation to the incident.

“North District Major Crime, and Forensic Experts have been called to the community to assist the Burns Lake RCMP with this investigation. Police are working hard to gather all the evidence. A person of interest has been identified and is presently in police custody. The police believe that there is no risk to the community. More information is expected to be released as it becomes available,” said the RCMP release.

The Francois Lake ferry re-opened and is in shuttle mode until the traffic backlog caused by its temporary closure Thursday morning is cleared up.

School District 91 was advised by the RCMP to initiate a “hold and secure” procedure at both Francois Lake and Grassy Plains schools. Morning bus runs were cancelled and students on busses were returned home.

Just after 9 a.m., the RCMP advised that the hold and secure could be lifted as there was no threat to public safety. However, all bus routes to these schools have been cancelled.

Both schools are open and parents are welcome to bring their kids to school, but there will be no busses running today.