At least four dead in Canada shooting

Erika Holt
August 11, 2018

Announcing that officers had one suspect in custody via Twitter, the force added: "Police continue to have the Brookside area contained for the foreseeable future as the investigation is ongoing".

Local health authorities said the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital is treating multiple people.

CBC reported that police evacuated an apartment block near the man's house shortly after 9 am.

Burns had been on the force for two years, and was an auxiliary officer for two years before that.

Fredericton police said one person was in custody, and there was no further threat to the public.

There was no immediate information on the number of suspects or any suspected motive.

A witness said he heard at least 20 gunshots ring out Friday morning in a residential neighbourhood in the city's north end.

Another police tweet said two of the four people killed were police officers but gave no details and did not release the names of the victims.

Growing gun violence in recent years has been an issue in Toronto, Canada's most populous city.

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"We're just up the street from where it happened, " MacDonald said.

"But broadly speaking, the government of Canada is obviously taking the issue of gun violence very seriously".

Fredericton Deputy Police Chief Martin Gaudet told reporters the two officers killed were responding to an emergency call about gunshots.

"Awful news coming out of Fredericton", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

"My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning's shooting. We're following the situation closely".

One local resident, Robert DiDiodato, told CBC that at around 7 a.m. he heard a "firecracker" type sound. "Now we're becoming the story that nobody wants to hear".

"I was thinking of Moncton, of course", she said.

He served as Fredericton-area vice-president for the New Brunswick Police Association. 'It was sort of like a pop, pop, pop, pop'.

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