Four Dead, Including Two Police Officers, In Canadian Mass Shooting
Fredericton Police confirmed four fatalities, including two police officers, in an early Friday morning shooting in New Brunswick, Canada. At an afternoon news conference attended by Fredericton police and mayor as well as the premier of New Brunswick, police said they have apprehended a suspect in the shooting, a 48-year-old male who sustained serious injuries.
Dead are Constable Robb Costello and Constable Sara Burns. Police would not comment when asked if the two police officers were investigating a domestic dispute. The names of the two civilians killed have not been released. The shooting began at 7:10 a.m. Atlantic time with local residents calling police.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have taken over the investigation of the case. They would not comment on the motive for the shooting.
Police kept the public informed this morning via Twitter:
“Please continue to avoid the area of Brookside Drive between Main and Ring Road. An incident has resulted in at least four people killed. More information will be available when we can confirm.”
Police added: “At this time, we can confirm multiple fatalities. The incident is ongoing. More information will be available when we can. Please continue to avoid the area of Brookside Drive between Main and Ring Road.”
A later tweet urged people to remain inside until the gunman was apprehended: “Fredericton Police are responding Brookside Drive area. The public is asked to avoid the area and stay in their homes with doors locked at this time for their safety.”