Canadian police: At least 4 killed in shooting in New Brunswick

Larry Hoffman
August 11, 2018

The two police officers killed in a shooting in Fredericton Friday morning have been identified - one was a seasoned warhorse and the other a recent recruit.

- Horizon Health (@HorizonHealthNB) August 10, 2018 We can confirm that the suspect in custody is now being treated for serious injuries related to this morning's shooting incident.

"The next few days will be a challenging time for our community as we deal with a loss that will no doubt be felt by many".

Fredericton police said Friday night that the city and Red Cross had found lodging for 50 residents unable to return to their homes on Brookside Drive on the city's north side.

The victims include Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns and two civilians - a man and a woman - who remain unidentified, police said.

After announcing that the suspect - who has not been identified - is in custody, police tweeted that the Brookside area would be "contained for the foreseeable future" because the investigation is ongoing.

"This is the first time I've even heard of any serious crime or violent crime in this city, " he said.

MacCoubrey says three gunshots woke him up, and as many as 17 more have been fired between that time and around 8:30 a.m.

He said police have been searching the buildings, and he's been sitting away from windows.

Finally, after a tense period of waiting, authorities disclosed the toll: Among the four killed were two officers, a rare case of police killed in the line of duty in Canada.

"It sounded like the first one came from right outside my bedroom window".

He said there had been fights in the apartment complex, but never anything like this.

"Every time I dealt with Constable Burns or Constable Costello, they were A1", Mr. Gaines said.

"It's been a very hard day", Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch told reporters Friday afternoon. "We've lost a brother".

A vigil was held Friday evening where more than 100 mourners packed into St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church. "During this hard time, our thoughts are also with the courageous women and men on the front lines working to keep us safe", he said. "I still am in complete shock, and I don't really know how to process it".

"On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I offer my condolences, thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families".

The investigation has been turned over to the RCMP.

The entire province of New Brunswick had 11 homicides in 2016.

Earlier Friday, Trudeau - who was scheduled to be in Toronto later in the day at an event to honour the two victims of a shooting in that city just last month - used Twitter to lead a cascade of condolences from political quarters both inside Canada and beyond as news of the shooting sank in.

- With Michelle McQuigge and Gabriele Roy in Toronto and Aly Thomson and Keith Doucette in Halifax.

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