Shots fired in North Burnaby neighbourhood

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A North Burnaby neighbourhood was awoken early Sunday morning by the sound of shots being fired.

Police officers responded after receiving several calls of shots possibly being fired in the 4400-block of Carleton Avenue at about 5:30 a.m., said Burnaby RCMP Staff Sgt. Ghalib Bhayani on Monday.

Officers found a number of shell casings "outside a residence that's known to police," Bhayani said.

The investigation was turned over to the Burnaby RCMP's serious crimes unit, which responded Sunday and then revisited the scene on Monday looking for additional evidence.

While initially police believed there had been a shooting victim, that's no longer the case, Bhayani said.

"We've been in touch with all the hospitals … but nobody's come in with a gunshot wound. At this point in time we don't believe we have a victim but still we're trying to move this forward."

The possibility of there being a victim was raised when blood was found but investigators now believe that was from an unrelated injury to someone.

Two "persons of interest" known to police were arrested and have since been released without charges.

"No one was injured inside the home and again, the house is known to police. The occupants of the residence are known to police," he said.

"Obviously this is concerning in a neighbourhood like that but we have been receiving information from the neighbours and a number of witnesses have come forward as well."

Burnaby RCMP is asking for the public's help in trying to figure out what happened. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at 604-294-7922.

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