Fredericton police say two officers were among four people who died in a shooting Friday morning in a residential area on the city’s north side.
One person was in custody, and there was no further threat to the public, police said.
A Fredericton hospital, Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional, “is currently treating multiple victims of today’s shooting,” the local health authority said shortly before noon.
Police said the suspect was also being treated for serious injuries.
Officers went to a residential complex at about 7 a.m. Friday.
David MacCoubrey said he awoke in his apartment on Brookside Drive at 7:07 a.m. to the sound of gunshots “10 metres from my bed.”
MacCoubrey said three gunshots woke him up, and as many as 17 more were fired between that time and around 8:30 a.m.
“It sounded like the first one came from right outside my bedroom window… I was hoping for the two seconds that I was groggy that it was kids blowing off firecrackers,” said MacCoubrey in a phone interview from inside his apartment, where he was sitting on the floor away from windows.
“Then two more happened within the first three minutes.”
He said his apartment complex has four buildings in a square, and it sounded like the shots were coming from the middle of the complex.
Tim Morehouse, another resident of the complex, said he heard someone shout: “Shut up! Shut up!”
He said he heard two gunshots, and then three more. He said he looked out his window and saw the body of a man on the ground, in the back parking lot of 237 Brookside Drive.
“I hear more shots and looked out and there’s two police officers on the ground. I called 911 and they came and checked on them and they were shot,” he said.
The two police officers killed have been identified as Robb Costello and Sara Burns.
More information is expected at an afternoon news conference.
Reaction from many was quick
On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I offer my condolences, thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. During this difficult time, our thoughts are also with the courageous women and men on the front lines working to keep us safe.
— Brian Gallant (@BrianGallantNB) August 10, 2018
— Chief Evan Bray (@evanjbray) August 10, 2018
Awful news coming out of Fredericton. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting. We’re following the situation closely.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 10, 2018