Some residents reported that the alleged gunshots heard at around 4:30 a.m. on May 26 were the loudest in this area. Penticton RCMP were unable to find anything suggesting suspicious activity following “extensive patrols” of the area. (Google Maps)

UPDATE: Penticton RCMP find no evidence of early morning gunshots

Loud blasts reported by several residents, RCMP say one person likened blasts to a car backfiring

Update, 9:55 a.m.

Penticton RCMP confirmed they were called to the area of Van Horne Street and Papineau Street on May 26 at about 4:30 a.m., following “several” reports of what sounded like gunshots.

RCMP said extensive patrols of the area were made but nothing suggesting suspicious or illegal activity was found.

One person who spoke with police believed the four, loud bangs were more akin to a car backfiring than gunshots, said Const. James Grandy.

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7 a.m. —Residents of downtown Penticton reported being abruptly woken by what they said sounded like three or four gun shots allegedly fired around 4:30 a.m. on May 26.

A handful of locals posted about the alleged shots on social media. (Facebook)

Police were reportedly on scene, investigating the area near Papineau Street in Penticton’s downtown core, according to a social media post.

Several social media users also mentioned that the alleged shots were heard loudest near Papineau Street.

The Western News has contacted the Penticton RCMP but has not yet received a response.

More to come.

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