MONCTON, NB (NEWS1130) – The RCMP says three of its officers were killed in Moncton by a man armed with guns and two other officers were injured as the Mounties conducted a manhunt across the city’s north end for the shooter.
The RCMP tweeted that three of its officers were “mortally wounded” and police spokesman Paul Greene confirmed that they are dead.
Greene says the two RCMP officers who were taken to hospital suffered non life-threatening injuries.
The RCMP say on Twitter that they were looking for 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton.
The police force tweeted an image of a suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns.
Const. Damien Theriault says police are urging people in the area to stay inside their homes and lock their doors.
Drivers were also asked to stay out of the area. RCMP have also asked people to not tweet or post the locations of police in an effort to keep people safe.
News1130 spoke with Will Njoku who lives in the area where the shooting happened. “I heard sirens, the shots were really close. I was kind of confused, my neighbour is really quiet.”
He was about to walk out his door when a neighbour phoned to tell him what was happening. “I have seen a police helicopter fly over my house, I can see two cruisers half a block on my street. I assume they were turning traffic around.”
Terri McPhee lives in an area where the shooter was near. “This is kinda crazy, we’re downstairs in the basement, the doors are locked, we have all the curtains drawn. We can’t see what is going on outside, we can hear helicopters overhead quite a bit, no sirens, but helicopters.”
She says she was totally unaware to what was going, but her friends began messaging her to stay indoors. “I was on my way out the door to walk my dog.”
In a statement posted online, New Brunswick Premier David Alward says he was shocked and saddened to learn of tonight’s tragic situation in Moncton. “On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to those affected.”