Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

One of two civilians killed in Fredericton shooting identified by relative

One of two civilians killed in Fredericton shooting identified by relative

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said in a statement: "Canadians across the country were shocked to wake up to news of the shooting in Fredericton that left four people dead, including two police officers".

Authorities in the city of Fredericton urged people in the Brookside neighborhood, where residents reported waking to the sounds of dozens of shots, to remain in their homes, describing it as an "active incident" on Twitter.

The Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton issued at tweet at 11:06 a.m., that it was treating multiple victims of the shooting.

Police say the suspect is also being treated for serious injuries.

He said he heard two gunshots, and then three more. The shootings occurred in a block of four apartment buildings behind the Tim Hortons outlet on Douglas Avenue, just south of Highway 105.

"I hear more shots and looked out and there's two police officers on the ground".

One person was in custody, they said, and there was no further threat to the public.

David MacCoubrey says he awoke in his apartment on Brookside Drive at 7:07 the sound of gunshots "10 metres from my bed".

Jeff Magnussen, general manager of a golf course near the site of the shooting, said by phone that he heard multiple gunshots before 8 a.m. local time.

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

"As we remember the bad tragedy that struck two weeks ago, the loss of life, the way the community came together, there is a great town a few hours east of here, our friends in Fredericton, who are going through a very, very hard night", Trudeau said.

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

MacCoubrey said police had searched the buildings and went through his apartment.

"I'm not scared in the least".

"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. I'm anxious for the other people around me".

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

Over at the Fredericton police station, a makeshift memorial of flowers, signs and card is growing. Among the messages: "We love you our brothers and sisters in blue!"

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

"Our hearts are broken by the murder of our two fearless police officers". "Two civilians also tragically lost their lives today".

"We were looking forward to building years with just the two of us", she said. "No names are being released at this time".

"Please appreciate this is a hard time for their families and our colleagues", the force tweeted, adding that more information would be released when they're able.

"I couldn't be prouder of the men and women that serve this city", she said, adding her thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families.

"The people of Fredericton are courageous, strong, and resilient".

"This was a senseless tragedy, the impacts of which will be felt throughout the entire province".

On Friday evening, about 100 local residents packed into St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church for a vigil for the victims. "We're following the situation closely", he said.

"I encourage people to gather in places that are sacred to them to pray and remember".

The two officers killed were Const. Robb Costello, 45, a 20-year police veteran and a father of four, and Const. Sara Mae Burns, 43, a two-year veteran of the Fredericton police force and a married mother of three.

Police had earlier advised residents in the area to stay indoors, lock down their homes and not reveal their location or the location of police officers on social media.

The latter triggered a public debate on rising gun violence and gangs in Canadian cities, and calls for a handgun ban.

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