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Fredericton shooting: Police say four dead, including two officers, suspect in custody



Graham Slaughter and Jackie Dunham, Staff</span>

Published Friday, August 10, 2018 7:42AM EDT

Last Updated Friday, August 10, 2018 3:49PM EDT

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

Robb Costello, 45, served with Fredericton police for 20 years. He leaves behind a common-law partner and four children.

Costello’s common-law partner, Jackie McLean, told the Canadian Press she learned the devastating news this morning from a police inspector.

The second officer, 43-year-old Sarah Burns, was on the force for two years, police confirmed. She leaves behind three children and her husband.

The two other victims have only been identified by police as an adult man and woman.

A 48-year-old man from Fredericton was arrested in connection with the shooting, which broke out in a residential neighbourhood in the city’s north end. Police say the suspect is being treated for “serious injuries.”

“Please appreciate this is a difficult time for their families and our colleagues,” police said in the tweet.

The incident occurred in the area of Brookside Drive between Main Street and Ring Road at approximately 7 a.m. local time on Friday morning. Just after 11 a.m., police confirmed there was no further threat and that lockdowns in the area were no longer required.

“Police still have the crime scene contained, and will be working the investigation for some time,” police said.

Police also said the suspect in custody is being treated for “serious injuries” related to the shooting. The nature of his injuries is unclear.

Horizon Health Network said its Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital was treating “multiple victims” following the early morning shooting.

Reporting from the scene, CTV Atlantic’s Nick Moore said that police were escorting residents from their homes following the announcement that one suspect was in custody. He said it’s unclear if officers are searching for any other suspects, but that police said the area would be contained for the “foreseeable future” as the investigation is ongoing.

Between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., Moore said there was a large police presence on Brookside Drive where officers appeared to be focused on a single residence.

“There is a police officer standing outside with a gun,” he told CTV’s Your Morning.

Moore said he heard approximately four gunshots within a five-minute timespan during that hour.

In a series of tweets about the incident, Fredericton police asked residents to avoid the area and stay inside their homes with the doors locked.

People standing outside the cordoned off area early Friday told Moore that they were instructed to vacate their homes while they were still in their pyjamas.

David MacCoubrey told the Canadian Press that it was shortly after 7 a.m. when he awoke to the sound of gunshots that sounded like they were "10 metres" from his bed in his apartment on Brookside Drive. He said he first heard three gunshots that woke him up and then heard as many as 17 more between that time and 8:30 a.m.

MacCoubrey, whose apartment complex has four buildings in a square, said it sounded as though gunshots were coming from the middle of the square. He said was sitting on the floor of his apartment away from the windows while police searched the complex.

Tim Morehouse also lives in the apartment complex and said he heard two gunshots and then another three. He said he heard someone yelling “Shut up! Shut up!” from outside. When he looked out of his window, Morehouse said he saw the body of a man lying on the ground in the back parking lot of 237 Brookside Dr.

After calling 911, Morehouse said he looked out the window again and saw two police officers on the ground.

Rachel LeBlanc was on her way to work at a daycare centre in the area when she saw police cars speed by. She told CTV News Channel that she heard four gunshots at approximately 7:30 a.m., as she arrived at the centre.

LeBlanc said the daycare centre is located “extremely close” to where the shooting occurred. She didn’t want to say how many children were currently inside the building with her, but she said a few children had already arrived before they realized what had happened.

LeBlanc said she called the police’s non-emergency line and was told by the dispatcher to go on lockdown at around 7:45 a.m. She said they plan to remain under lockdown until they have more information.

The daycare worker said she has already assured parents that their children are “very safe” and called the centre “secure.”

LeBlanc, who also lives in the area under lockdown, said she’s still processing the morning’s events.

“It happened right by my home,” she said. “Of course, I was calling my husband frantically telling him to lock the doors and my sister is actually in that location as well so it’s been very scary.”

The shooting is reminiscent of the deadly shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B. by a lone gunman that left three RCMP officers dead in 2014, LeBlanc said.

“I was thinking of Moncton, of course,” she said. “The girls here, we were talking about Moncton and how it felt so close to what happened there.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the victims’ families in a tweet on Friday morning.

“Awful news coming out of Fredericton. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting. We’re following the situation closely,” he wrote.

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant also tweeted about the shooting on Friday morning.

“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,” he said.

Gallant also asked residents in the area to stay informed about the situation and follow the instructions of law enforcement officials.

With files from The Canadian Press

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