Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Two officers among four dead in New Brunswick shooting

Two officers among four dead in New Brunswick shooting

Four people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in eastern Canada on Friday in the latest eruption of gun violence across the country that has led to calls for weapons bans in cities.

Gaudet said police entered the shooter's apartment in the residential area of the city north of downtown, and arrested a 48-year-old man.

Image: Brookside Drive, where the shooting occurred.

The four, including police officers Sara Mae Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robb Costello, 45, were shot at an apartment complex in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New Brunswick.

Horizon Health indicated Friday morning that "multiple victims" were being treating after the shooting, but clarified the statement Saturday morning, tweeting that they received four fatalities and one trauma patient at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital.

"I'm on my floor", he said in a phone interview.

In a news release Friday evening, New Brunswick RCMP asked for the public to send them any photos or video footage they might have of the fatal shooting, as part of their investigation.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital for "serious injuries" related to the incident, police said.

MacCoubrey said his apartment complex has four buildings in a square, and it sounded like the shots were coming from the middle of the complex. This morning, first responders rushed to the scene of danger.

Tim Morehouse, another resident of the complex, said he heard someone shout: "Shut up!"

"I just woke up and heard gunshots and I looked outside my window".

Police said the area would be blocked off for the foreseeable future as "the investigation is ongoing".

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"You hear a lot about gun violence in the United States", he said, "but this morning when I heard those noises, what's starting to sink in is that those noises were people losing their lives".

Earlier on Friday, Fredericton police said that two of those killed were police officers.

"'Thank you for all that you do!".

By Friday afternoon, a memorial of flowers and messages was growing in front of the Fredericton police station.

Across Canada many police forces lowered their flags to half-mast, while political leaders of every stripe offered their condolences.

Police Chief Leanne Fitch and Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien were scheduled to hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m.

"In this community, we grieve together, but we'll heal together as well", O'Brien said.

They did not release information about a possible motive or the weapon. "The incredible professionalism and commitment of our local first responders to serve and protect the people of Fredericton during hard circumstances is to be commended", he said in a statement.

The Fredericton Police Force urged residents via Twitter to avoid the area and "stay in their homes with doors locked". "We're following the situation closely".

In June 2014, RCMP Constables Doug Larche, Fabrice Gevaudan and Dave Ross were killed in a shooting rampage by Justin Bourque.

There were between six and 11 homicides a year in New Brunswick between 2012 and 2016, according to Statistics Canada.

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