Police spokeswoman Kim Capp told reporters that she had no information about the condition of the three victims, but said that the first shots were fired in the lobby of the building.
Vancouver police have identified the potential suspect and claim to do so A resident of the apartments.
"This is an active shooting situation," Capp said.
Capp said the police are talking to the shooter and trying to persuade him to surrender peacefully.
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Some residents were evacuated from the building while others were in place, Capp said.
"We are working on a peaceful solution with the suspect," Capp said.
Capp had no information about hostages, adding that the shooter appeared to be in his apartment.
The PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is treating two Smith Tower patients who have been shot, said Randy Querin, a spokesman for the hospital.
Her initial state is satisfactory and treatment is still ongoing, Querin said.
According to the apartment website, the apartments are for people 62 years or older. The building has 1
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