At least four people, including two police officers have been killed in a shooting in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton, with one person having taken into custody.
Police in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New Brunswick, said in a post on Twitter that the incident was under investigation and warned people to stay in their homes.
Another police tweet said two of the four people killed were police officers but gave no details and did not release the names of the victims. Local media images showed emergency vehicles converged on a tree-lined residential street.
“Awful news coming out of Fredericton,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter. “My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting. We’re following the situation closely.”
Three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were killed and two more were wounded in 2014 in Moncton, New Brunswick, about 195 km (121 miles) from Fredericton, in one of the worst incidents of its kind in Canada.
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“I still don’t know what to think. You can’t unsee what I saw,” Tim Morehouse, who lives in the apartment complex where the shooting took place, told Global News.
“I looked outside first and there was a cop that was shooting at the shooter and looked at my back window and saw three people that were dead”.
“There was one male cop, a female cop and one civilian,” he said.
For reference at the shock over this event, the entire province of New Brunswick only had 11 homicides in all of 2016.
The Sunny Days Children’s Centre in Fredericton experienced a chilling moment during the shooting.
“[It was] like a crack, crack, crack, crack — like a handgun,” Rachel LeBlanc, director of the daycare facility, told CBC Radio.
“We had to lock all the main doors, and we did put them in a room that had no windows and we shut off the lights,” she said. More than 20 children had already been dropped off for the day when the shooting began around 7am.
Keeping children together with older siblings, they all happily sat watching a movie. “They have no idea what’s going on,” Ms LeBlanc said.
Mayor of Fredericton Mike O’Brien confirmed on Twitter, the other two victims from this morning’s shootings were civilians.
Police continue to investigate the shooting from early this morning in the Brookside Drive area of Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada. Four people died – including two police officers – and an unknown number of people have been injured.
Local health authorities have confirmed multiple people are being treated at the Dr Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital.
Resident Marlene Weaver was in bed this morning when she heard the shots ring out in her neighbourhood.
“It was scary,” she told Reuters, adding that it reminded her of the 2014 shooting when three Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables were shot and killed in Moncton, New Brunswick, approximately 121 miles (195 km) from Fredricton.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were assisting Fredericton authorities in the investigation.
There has been no word yet on the suspected shooter’s possible motive. No other details about the suspect or police officers killed have been released as yet.
The lockdown has been removed for the area surrounding Brookside Drive, but the investigation into the incident continues according to a police update.
The suspect’s name and details have not yet been released.
Police have confirmed the suspect was injured either during the shooting or in the process of taking them into custody.
New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant tweeted his condolences to the victims and their families.
Mr Henwood told the Associated Press people are sitting in their cars or just standing near the blockade of police and fire vehicles “hanging tight and waiting for word” on what comes next.
“All the businesses even on the outside of the lockdown area have their lobbies and their business areas closed. They aren’t letting customers in at the moment,” he said.
“It’s not something that we expect in Fredericton to wake up and hear about. To see that there’s actually fatalities is pretty extraordinary for this area. It doesn’t normally happen.”
Police have not yet released the names of the slain police officers who were killed during a shooting earlier this morning in an apartment complex in the Brookside area of Fredricton, New Brunswick in eastern Canada.
Back in 2014, three Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers were shot dead and two others seriously injured by 24-year-old shooter Justin Bourque in Moncton, also located in the maritime province of New Brunswick.
It was the first homicide in Moncton in four years, but not the deadliest incident for the RCMP.
In 2005, James Roszko of Mayerthorpe in the Alberta province, shot and killed four RCMP constables as they were carrying out a property seizure on his farm. It stands as the deadliest incident for the RCMP in Canadian history.
Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau responded to the incident via Twitter. It is the second mass shooting to take place in Canada in just the last few weeks.
The last one resulted in two deaths and 13 people injured in the Greektown section of Toronto, prompting the city council to vote overwhelmingly in favour of asking Mr Trudeau’s government to ban all sales of handguns and handgun ammunition in the city.
Canadian police say two of the four killed in Fredericton shooting are police officers.
As police are investigating the shooting, they report the area of Brookside is contained and have cautioned people to “please continue to avoid the area,” Fredericton police said.
The city has approximately 60,000 people in the province of New Brunswick.
Important to note that the police are still warning people to stay out of the area, despite having one suspect in custody.
But they are also referring to the incident as an “active investigation”.
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