At least four dead in Fredericton shooting

Fredericton police says at least four people have died in a shooting Aug. 10

Fredericton police says at least four people have died in a shooting Aug. 10.- Contributed

There was basically three dead people laying there. A 48-year-old Fredericton man is in custody.

Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief who just last month was tapped to serve as Trudeau's minister of border security and organized crime reduction, offered comfort directly to Fredericton's police chief.

A 28-hour manhunt ensued before police caught up to the suspect and arrested him, in what was described as the second-deadliest attack on Canadian police since four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were ambushed on a Mayerthorpe, Alberta farm in 2005. He saw a number of police officers, as well as two SWAT vehicles, on the street outside. He leaves behind a common-law partner and four children.

She leaves behind a husband, Steve, and three children.

In a tweet, police acknowledged that two of those killed were from their department and that no names are being released at this time. He was killed after an exchange of fire with police, who say they have yet to establish a motive.

He said there had been fights in the apartment complex, but never anything like this. The suspect is being treated for serious injuries.

About 50 people from the apartment complex were displaced after the shooting, and police said the city and Red Cross were arranging alternate lodging for the residents.

The small city lies on a curve of the St John River in eastern Canada.

The quiet residential neighbourhood, dominated by houses, grocery stores, a church and an elementary school, is the last place Hrubeniuk said he expected to encounter a unsafe situation.

Jeff Magnussen, the general manager of the West Hills Golf Course in Fredericton, N.B., was getting the day's first golfers out onto the course early Friday morning when he heard a few "pops". The two civilians killed, a man and a woman, were not identified. "It was like they were right in my parking lot".

"My adrenalin was going like a bat out of hell".

"It shook me up very much", Donavan said. AT today to the sound of gunshots "10 metres from my bed".

Tim Morehouse said he was in his apartment when he heard someone shout: "Shut up!"

Our hearts are broken by the murder of our two fearless police officers.

"With the tempo, it might've been a gunshot".

Henwood said the situation is a shock. "Being on lockdown was very freakish because I leave my door unlocked most of the time".

Donavan said police did not contact her but she heard from someone else by noon that the lockdown had been lifted. "I went and used the washroom and it continued about five minutes later". "I slept through it".

McLean said Costello had planned to retire in the next six to seven years.

"I'm still timid about going out", she said at 3 p.m. "I'm anxious for the other people around me".

"I'll be staying here". He called 911, heard more shots and took another glance out the window. "They aren't letting customers in at the moment", he said. One suspect is in custody, though officials are asking residents to continue to avoid the area.

A large group of Fredericton police officers were gathered early Friday afternoon outside the Chalmers hospital, and appeared to be consoling each other.

Scott Hill lives and works just steps from the crime scene.

Fredericton police chief Leanne Fitch was scheduled to hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. local time (1830 GMT) about the shooting in a sleepy residential area of the city north of downtown.

The investigation has been turned over to the RCMP.

A vigil was held Friday evening where more than 100 mourners packed into St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church.

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