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Updated: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:30:39 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Gatineau gunman at large, not barricaded, after 2 people shot



Gatineau police said the man thought to be barricaded inside an apartment building on Aug. 28, 2014 was in fact at large. CBC

Gatineau police said the man thought to be barricaded inside an apartment building on Aug. 28, 2014 was in fact at large. CBC

A man who is believed to have shot two people is actually at large, and not barricaded inside a Gatineau, Que., apartment as initially believed, police say.

Quebec provincial police said two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after they were shot around 2 a.m. ET Thursday. 

Gatineau police, who initially responded to a report of an altercation between three people, are taking over the investigation and don’t believe the suspect is a danger to the public. They did not release a name or description.

The area around the building is being secured until officers have checked the entire perimeter, officials said.

During the standoff, police were stationed outside an apartment building on Rue Tassé in Gatineau for several hours, near Philemon Wright high school.

But after 10 a.m. ET Thursday, a police spokesman told the media they didn't find the man inside the building.

The standoff closed roads in the area for many hours and forced nearby residents to remain inside their homes. Also, police evacuated the building at 12 Rue Tassé, forcing residents to sit for hours inside a city bus.

Thursday was also scheduled to be the first day for high school students at Philemon Wright.

Police said the school building would remain open because the scene was far enough from it, and there was a safe path to the school.

However, the Western Quebec School Board decided to cancel classes at Philemon Wright and Hadley Junior High School, which is attached, for the day.

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