A scary, stressful and emotional morning in New Brunswick.
Fredericton police say they have one suspect in custody following a shooting that left four people dead, including two officers, in the New Brunswick capital.
Police tweeted that two Fredericton police officers were among the four people killed in a shooting in the area of Brookside Drive between Main Street and Ring Road that occurred at approximately 7 a.m. local time on Friday morning. The names of the victims are not being released at this time, police said.
“Please appreciate this is a difficult time for their families and our colleagues,” said police.
CTV reporter Nick Moore was near the scene of the fatal shooting on Fredericton’s North Side.
Horizon Health Network says “multiple victims” being treated at Chalmers Hospital. Fredericton Police says suspect in custody is being treated for serious injuries. Police say there is no longer a public threat and the area lockdown is over. @CTVAtlantic pic.twitter.com/uYoCfWuRWS
— Nick Moore (@NickMooreCTV) August 10, 2018
Brad Geneau lives a one minute drive from the area of today’s shooting. He told CKLB News, “I havent been this scared in a while thats for sure.”
David MacCoubrey told the Canadian Press that it was shortly after 7 a.m. when he awoke to the sound of gunshots that sounded like they were “10 metres” from his bed in his apartment on Brookside Drive. He said he first heard three gunshots that woke him up and then heard as many as 17 more between that time and 8:30 a.m.
MacCoubrey, whose apartment complex has four buildings in a square, said it sounded as though gunshots were coming from the middle of the square. He said was sitting on the floor of his apartment away from the windows while police searched the complex.
Rachel LeBlanc was on her way to work at a daycare centre in the area when she saw police cars speed by. She told CTV News Channel that she heard four gunshots at approximately 7:30 a.m., as she arrived at the centre.
Messages of condolences are flooding social media today, including messages from National Chief Perry Bellegarde, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
I just heard the news coming from #Fredericton. What an absolutely terrible tragedy. The families of those affected are in my thoughts today and I hope that they can continue to stay strong in this moment of darkness.
— Perry Bellegarde (@perrybellegarde) August 10, 2018
Awful news coming out of Fredericton. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting. We’re following the situation closely.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 10, 2018
It’s the first major gun crime to happen in New Brunswick since the 2014 killings of Moncton RCMP Constables Doug Larche, Fabrice Gevaudan and Dave Ross.