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Four people, including two police officers, killed in Fredericton shooting

11 August 2018

Canadian police have arrested one suspect after a "multiple fatality" shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The suspect, who is in custody, is being treated for serious injuries, police said on Twitter. "He is the only police officer who I have ever known who could write someone a ticket and have the person thank them after".

Deputy Chief Martin Gaudet said police responded to reports of shots fired outside the apartment buildings in the 200 block of Brookside Drive at about 7:10 a.m. He said that police have been searching the complex floor-by-floor.

Earlier on Friday, Fredericton police said that two of those killed were police officers.

The town is so small, he said, that he was certain he would know at least one of the dead police officers.

The town of Fredericton is located about 70 miles from the USA border.

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"The Fredericton police force, the RCMP and authorities are doing everything they can to ensure they undertake the investigation as rapidly as possible, and they're doing everything they can to notify the family of the victims", he said in an interview.

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

The shootings took place on Brookside Drive, a leafy thoroughfare on the city's north side.

"Not enough can be said about the courageous efforts shown today and everyday by members of the Fredericton Police Force, the first responders involved, and all those who respond to the call for help".

The CBC reported that a Tim Horton's near the shooting was locked down, and police and first responders were in the area of the violence, described as a residential area.

"It was scary", said Marlene Weaver, who was in bed on Friday morning when she heard shots. "They aren't letting customers in at the moment".

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"I thought, 'Maybe it is something a little bit more than just noise, '" he said.

"But it started before then", she said.

The Winnipeg native, who lives immediately off Brookside, said residents have been advised to stay inside with their doors locked.

Bouquets of flowers and notes of condolences amassed outside the Fredericton police station, while a local church scheduled a prayer vigil for Friday evening.

Jeff Gamon, co-owner of Scandimodern, a furniture store in downtown Fredericton, said he was surprised when he learned of the shooting, but not shocked.

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Four people, including two police officers, killed in Fredericton shooting