A report of a man with a rifle at Okanagan College turned out to be something less sinister, but still garnered a strong RCMP response amid fears officers could be dealing with a school shooting.
Late Friday morning, Kelowna RCMP were called after someone spotted two men, one holding what was believed to be a rifle, standing beside a vehicle parked near the bus stop on the KLO Road campus.
“When police arrived, they found the males, who were associated to a grey Ford sedan, and located the rifle, that had since been taken apart and put into a case,” said Const. Steve Holmes.
However, the item was not a rifle, but in fact a paintball gun, complete with bipod, scope and adjustable stock, but minus the distinctive paintball hopper.
The 22-year-old owner of the gun said he had brought it to campus to show a friend.
Police have now seized the paintball gun, which will be destroyed.
No charges are being considered against the owner of the item.
In light of the incident, police are again reminding people to not bring firearms or replicas to a public place.
“Because of school shootings at L’Ecole Polytechnique, Dawson College and [in] Taber, Alta., there is major concern of repeat incidents, and any perceived threat is taken very seriously by police,” said Holmes.