Two officers dead after Fredericton shooting

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.

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.

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.

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Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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