10/17/2013 11:46 EDT | Updated 12/17/2013 05:12 EST

1 dead, 2 injured in southwest Calgary shooting

Emergency officials have confirmed that one person is dead and two others have been seriously injured in a shooting incident in the southwest Calgary community of Cliff Bungalow.

Police responded to the area near Fifth Street and 19th Avenue southwest around 8:30 p.m. MT after several reports of gunshots.

Authorities are now searching the area for a suspect with help from a helicopter and police dogs.

CBC reporter Carla Beynon is currently at the scene. She said several city blocks have been cordoned off as police investigate.

Police say it could be at least three hours before residents in the area can return home.

More to come