Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

These Are The Victims Of The Fredericton Shooting

These Are The Victims Of The Fredericton Shooting

Residents of a tranquil Fredericton neighbourhood watched and waited for almost three anxious hours early Friday as authorities tracked down a suspect who allegedly opened fire and killed four people, two of them police officers.

Fredericton Police said they responded to the incident in the Brookside Drive area of the city at about 7:30 a.m. local time Friday. Do not disclose police locations on [social media]. He was hiding on his kitchen floor.

"I couldn't leave my dog behind", Kennedy said, sitting and trembling in her apartment.

In an online video posted soon after the shooting, LeBlanc said he was woken by a police officer wondering if he might have been involved in the shooting.

"Please continue to avoid the area", Fredericton police said.

"Officers engaged with a suspect and shots were fired by police", Gaudet said.

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Authorities in the provincial capital, about 75 kilometers (45 miles) from the border between Canada and the USA state of ME, had initially urged people in the neighborhood to stay indoors.

Police in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New Brunswick, said there had been multiple fatalities.

Residents said the incident began at about 7 a.m.at an apartment complex on Brookside Drive.

He called 911, then he heard more shots and he looked out his window and saw two police officers on the ground.

"Doors are locked and everybody's inside", he said, according to CBC.

"It was scary", said Marlene Weaver, who was in bed on Friday morning when she heard shots.

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Area resident Robert DiDiodato told the CBC that he heard sounds like a "firecracker" at around 7am.

In 2014 in another mass shooting in Moncton, New Brunswick, three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were killed and two more were wounded.

"This is the worst moment for any chief of police in any police agency, to have to deliver this news", police Chief Leanne Fitch said at an afternoon news conference.

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

Const. Sara Burns grew up in Fredericton and joined the local police force in 2015, soon after graduating from the Atlantic Police Academy.

Gaudet said police entered the shooter's apartment in the residential area of the city north of downtown, and arrested a 48-year-old man.

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Henwood said the situation is a shock.

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