Police charge 48-year-old man with murder in Fredericton shooting

Canada shooting: Four dead in Fredericton as gunman on the run | Daily Star

Canada shooting: Four dead in Fredericton as gunman on the run | Daily Star

Matthew Vincent Raymond has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two police officers and two civilians in Fredericton Friday.

Gaudet said police entered the shooter's apartment in the residential area of the city north of downtown, and arrested a 48-year-old man.

Louise Kennedy, 75, who lives with her dog at 237 Brookside Drive, said the shooting began in the building next door at about 7 a.m. AT.

Two police officers were among four people killed Friday in a shooting that sparked panic and a police lockdown in a sleepy eastern Canadian city, as the nation grapples with rising gun violence.

The local health authority says Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional hospital is now treating multiple victims of today's shooting. "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. Authorities are waiting for family members to be notified before releasing their names.

They have not said if they believe Raymond knew any of the deceased.

He said there had been fights in the apartment complex, but never anything like this.

"I hear more shots and looked out and there's two police officers on the ground".

"I saw an armoured vehicle out in the courtyard and I opened up my window to see if I could hear anything and the shots started again", he said.

"Police continue to have the Brookside area contained for the foreseeable future as the investigation is ongoing", police added.

"You hear a lot about gun violence in the United States", he said, "but this morning when I heard those noises, what's starting to sink in is that those noises were people losing their lives".

A large group of Fredericton police officers were gathered early Friday afternoon outside the Chalmers hospital, and appeared to be consoling each other.

"'Thank you for all that you do!".

Ross White, chief superintendent of the New Brunswick RCMP, said the major crimes division assisted local police in the investigation Friday.

Meantime, police forces across the country had lowered their flags to half-mast in mourning.

Police advised in a tweet at 11:04 a.m., that there was no longer a threat to the public and lockdowns were no longer required.

"We were looking forward to building years with just the two of us", she said.

They did not release information about a possible motive or the weapon.

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant tweeted his condolences to the victims and their families. "This morning, first responders rushed to the scene of danger. The incredible professionalism and commitment of our local first responders to serve and protect the people of Fredericton during hard circumstances is to be commended", he said in a statement.

The shooting broke out around 7 a.m. local time Friday morning at an apartment complex in a north-end residential neighbourhood. "We were very close to one another, we spent all of our free time together".

The province also dealt with a multiple shooting June 4, 2014, when five RCMP officers were shot in Moncton.

In 2016 Canada had 0.61 firearm-related homicides per 100,000 people, a 23 percent increase from 2015 and the highest rate since 2005, according to Statistics Canada.

- With Michelle McQuigge and Gabriele Roy in Toronto and Aly Thomson and Keith Doucette in Halifax.

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