Two police officers were among the four people shot and killed Friday morning in the Canadian city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, police said. (Fredericton Police Department)
Two police officers were among the four people shot and killed Friday morning in the Canadian city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, police said.
Fredericton Police tweeted “one suspect” was in custody. It wasn’t immediately clear if authorities were seeking any other suspects. Police said the suspect was “being treated for serious injuries related to this morning’s shooting incident.”
Police later tweeted that “there is no further threat to the public, and lockdowns are not required at this time.” The department confirmed the crime scene was “contained” and they would be investigating.
The slain officers were identified as Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robert Costello, 45, officials said during a news conference.
Burns had been on the force for two years before previously serving as an auxiliary officer for another two years, police said. She leaves behind a husband and three children.
Costello was a 20-year veteran of the police department and leaves behind a partner and four children, police said.
At least four people were killed in a shooting incident on Friday, August 10, 2018. (Keith Minchin/The Canadian Press via AP)
Fredericton police responded to calls of shots fired around 7:10 a.m., Deputy Police Chief Martin Gaudet said. After arriving to the scene, officers saw two civilian victims on the ground before getting shot themselves.
The identities of the two slain civilians were not released, however Gaudet confirmed that they were an adult male and female.
The apprehended suspect is a 48-year-old male, Gaudet said.
Earlier Friday morning officials tweeted to caution residents to avoid Brookside Drive due to an “ongoing incident.” Later, police confirmed four people had been killed. It was not immediately clear what caused the shooting.
Police urged residents to stay in their homes and lock their doors at the time of the incident.
Residents told CBC News the gunshots sounded like popping noises.
“With the tempo, it might’ve been a gunshot. It was sort of like a pop, pop, pop, pop,” resident Robert Didiodato told CBC News.
Didiodato said people were staying inside their homes and following the department’s instructions.
CTV News spoke to a woman who was escorted from her residence in the area and she told the station she heard what appeared to be gunshots. The media outlet reported police were talking to residents in the area asking what they heard or witnessed.
David MacCoubrey, who lives in Fredericton, said he heard about 20 shots and was hiding on his kitchen floor.
Two officers were killed in the incident in Fredericton, Canada, on Friday, August 10, 2018. (Keith Minchin/The Canadian Press via AP)
“I’m on my floor,” he told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “The cops have come through my place. They have searched all the apartments in the building. It sounded like it started in the courtyard area.”
MacCoubrey said police have been searching the buildings, and he’s been sitting away from windows.
Travis Hrubeniuk said his fiancée had just left for work around 7:45 a.m. local time when he began hearing a steady stream of sirens.
Hrubeniuk said residents have been advised to stay inside with their doors locked. The quiet residential neighborhood, which has houses, grocery stores, a church and an elementary school, is the last place Hrubeniuk said he expected to encounter a dangerous situation.
Map locates Fredericton, Canada, where a shooting has killed at least four people according to police. (AP)
“This is the first time I’ve even heard of any serious crime or violent crime in this city,” he said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences following the incident.
“Awful news coming out of Fredericton. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting. We’re following the situation closely,” the prime minister wrote.
Fredericton has a population of about 58,000 and is located just northeast of Maine. The city is the capital of New Brunswick.
Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.