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Police discovered the body of a deceased man after reports of gunfire in a Campbell River neighbourhood.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Campbell River RCMP responded to reports of gun shots in the Vermont Drive area.

Upon arrival, they found the body of a man lying dead outside a residence.

Police say their investigation of the incident is in its early stages and Major Crimes forces, forensics, and police dogs are being utilized.

For the duration of the inspection, officers ask the public to stay away from the general area in order to give authorities the space they need.

“This is a very serious investigation, and we are asking that if anyone has any information regarding the incident that they contact the RCMP directly,” said Cst. Mary Tyre in a statement.

Campbell River RCMP can be contacted at 250-286-6221.