Multiple fatalities confirmed after shooting incident in Canada

11 August, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Carlos George
  • Canada shooting: Four dead in Fredericton as gunman on the run | Daily Star

At least four people were killed in a shooting in eastern Canada, police said Friday.

The Fredericton Police Department Twitter page also confirms that two of the people killed in the shooting are police officers. The circumstances of the events leading up to the shooting are unclear at this point.

Fredericton Police are responding to Brookside Drive area.

Officers now say there is no longer a threat to public safety.

DiDiotato added, "With the tempo, it might have been a gunshot".

She also reported that people were being escorted out of the area by police.

He said he heard similar sounds about five minutes later.

In Fredericton, a city of about 60,000 residents, people said they were stunned by the scene, which occurred as people were heading to work or dropping children at a day care center not far from the apartment complex where the shooting took place.

"Our thoughts and prayers are now with the families, friends and colleagues of the two courageous Police officers who gave their lives in order to protect and serve and with the families of the other two victims of this senseless act of violence", said a tweet from the city of Fredericton on behalf of Mayor Mike O'Brien, the City Council and other municipal employees. "The girls here, we were talking about Moncton and how it felt so close to what happened there".

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The shooting incident began at about 7 a.m.at an apartment complex on Brookside Drive.

At that point, police said, the two police officers were shot.

Police Chief Leanne Fitch says the victims include Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns, 43, and two civilians - a man and a woman - who remain unidentified.

Another resident, who gave his name only as Justin, told the broadcaster: "I woke up and I heard gunshots and I looked outside my window".

Gaudet said the investigation, which is being handled by the RCMP, is ongoing.

"At times like this, we as a city and a province need to draw together for mutual support and comfort", said Anglican Bishop David Edwards in a statement.

A memorial for the two slain officers has popped up at the police station in the city's downtown.

It is rare in Canada for police officers to be killed in the line of duty.

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