FARO, YUKON – The incoming mayor of Faro, Yukon, says he can confirm there were “multiple injuries” after the RCMP said it was investigating reports of shooting in the small community on Tuesday.
Jack Bowers did not say how many people had been injured, but added that there was an “active shooting” in the city of 400 people.
The Mounties said a “possible suspect” was identified and an arrest made in the city, which is about a four-hour drive northeast of Whitehorse.
The RCMP could not be reached for further comment.
Bowers said the call about the shooting came shortly after noon and Faro was immediately closed.
“There was a 911 cell phone release warning of the active shooter situation and for people to stay in their homes and close their doors,” he said in an interview.
The closure notice was rescinded around 3 p.m., it added.
However, the Mounties warned residents to stay away from various streets in the community, adding that there was a significant police and first aid presence in the city.
“As we are a remote community, the main crimes and all the forensics people come from Vancouver, so it will take a few days for the full details to be released,” Bowers said.
Bowers was scheduled to take office as mayor Tuesday afternoon when news of the shooting arrived. A council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed until next week.
Both Bowers and Leonard Faber, the outgoing mayor, said they had spoken with the RCMP.
Faber expressed his shock at what happened in the community.
“It’s like everyone involved in this is going to be affected in one way or another,” he said.
“It is a very sad day. It’s going to affect a lot of people here and it’s going to be a pretty solemn healing process. It’s going to take a long time to get over this. “
Yukon poet laureate pj johnson said from Whitehorse that Yukon is a tight-knit community.
“People are very upset,” he added. “This kind of thing just doesn’t happen here. The entire Yukon is basically one great neighborhood. Like you know everyone. “