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Nanaimo RCMP rush to reports of shots fired, which turn out to be from paintball gun

Numerous police officers responded to incident on Clifford Road south of Nanaimo on Wednesday

Reports of shots fired south of Nanaimo last night turned out to be a false alarm, say police.

According to a Nanaimo RCMP press release, numerous police vehicles responded to a report of several shots being fired about 7 p.m. Wednesday night at a property on Clifford Road. Officers closed off the immediate area to the public and after a short period of time, were able to make contact with residents.

Investigators eventually discovered that the sound of the gunfire was caused by a paintball gun, said the press release. No other weapons were found on site and police determined the gun was being used in a safe and responsible manner and therefore did not confiscate the gun, nor file charges.

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