Location of the shootings in New Brunswick
|Location||Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada|
10 August 2018 |
|Matthew Vincent Raymond|
The Fredericton shooting was a mass shooting that occurred in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, on the morning of 10 August 2018, in which four people including two police officers were killed. One suspect, Matthew Vincent Raymond, is in custody.
On 10 August 2018, around 7:00 a.m. ADT, multiple witnesses reported dozens of shots being fired on Brookside Drive between Main Street and Ring Road in a residential neighbourhood on the north side of the city of Fredericton. The area was locked down by Fredericton Police, who told residents to stay in their homes. At 8:17, police said they were investigating a shooting with multiple fatalities, and asked people to avoid the area. The two deceased officers were reportedly the first responding officers to the scene, and the two civilian victims were already on the ground when officers responded.
Around 9:00, an apartment building located at 237 Brookside Drive was evacuated. A resident of the building told reporters that he awoke to gunshots around 8:30, looked out his window and saw three bodies. Officers stated around 9:30, they entered an apartment and arrested the suspect.
Around 11:00, local police said that there was no further threat to the public and the lockdown was lifted. Police said that the area would be contained for the "foreseeable future" due to the ongoing investigation.
The dead officers were 45-year-old Lawrence Robert Costello and 43-year-old Sara Burns. Police have identified two dead civilians as musician Donnie Robichaud and his girlfriend, Bobbie-Lee Wright.
The West District detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Major Crimes Division (RCMP) and Fredericton Police were conducting an investigation into the shooting. Police asked reporters at the scene to pass any pertinent information to investigators. In the immediate aftermath, police said that they were "at the early stages of a very significant event." A spokesperson for Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale said that it was a "developing situation" and it was "premature to determine whether there are any national security implications."
Fredericton Police have asked for any documentation by civilians of the incident to come forward for investigation purposes.
The gunman is said to have fired onto people from an elevated position using a long gun.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale tweeted messages of support. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant and Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien shared their condolences for the victims and their families.
Police forces from across Canada also sent messages of solidarity and support on social media. Some residents of the area likened the incident to the 2014 Moncton shooting, and one said, "Immediately, I thought of Justin Bourque. Obviously, we have no way of knowing at this time what the situation is, but there seems to be the same level of worry and fear."
A memorial vigil was held on 10 August, at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, and a makeshift memorial for the victims was created outside the Fredericton Police Station. Fundraisers for the victims, were established through GoFundMe although initially neither the officers families nor the Fredericton Police had sanctioned any fundraisers on the website.
A local boy recorded a cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah with some of the lyrics changed to focus on the two deceased officers. The initial video was viewed by over 400,000 times by August 13, and he was invited to perform it live at one of the vigils for the victims.
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