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Shooting in Fredericton, Canada leaves 4 dead - including two police officers

11 August, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Brookside Drive is the scene of an ongoing incident. Pic Google Street View

A mother of three and a father of four - both police officers - have been identified among four victims killed Friday in an early-morning shooting at a Fredericton apartment building.

The police asked people to lock their doors and avoid the area, confirming there had been 'multiple fatalities'.

The circumstances of the shooting in Fredericton, about 75 kilometers (45 miles) from the border between Canada and the USA state of ME, were not immediately clear.

CBC reports that a local Tim Horton's coffee shop has been told to keep their doors locked and their customers and staff inside until further notice.

"I might've been a gunshot", he said. Do not disclose police locations on [social media].

Three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were killed and two more were wounded in 2014 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

He heard similar sounds about five minutes later, near his home, he said.

It was a rare instance of gun violence in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

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The incident in Fredericton comes a little over a week after two people were killed and 15 injured when a man went on a shooting spree in Toronto, Canada's biggest city.

The officers responded to a report of shots fired that came in at 7:10 a.m. Friday, according to Deputy Chief Martin Gaudet.

Another read: "Fredericton Police Force, your city has your back!"

David MacCoubrey, who lives in Fredericton, told The Associated Press that he heard about 20 shots.

"We'll see where this investigation leads in terms of what exactly happened, who did it, what was the motivation for doing it and the instruments of destruction that were used", he said.

Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien said he received a call from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shortly after the shooting.

McLean says the couple had been together for four years and Costello has two adult daughters from a previous relationship.

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