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New Brunswick, Canada Shooting Leads To Manhunt In Moncton


MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) - Three police officers were shot dead and two others were injured in a rare case of gun violence in the east coast Canadian province of New Brunswick, officials said. A massive manhunt was underway.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Damien Theriault said police responded to a call Wednesday about an armed man in the north end of the city of Moncton at 7:30 p.m. Three of the responding officers were killed and two sustained non-life threatening injuries and were in stable condition.

Three Officers Dead, Suspect Still On Loose In Canada

"We are still actively looking for the shooter," Theriault said. "He is believed to still be in the Pinehurst subdivision area of Moncton. We are urging people in that area to stay inside and lock their doors and for people to stay away from that area."

Asked how he was dealing with his grief, Theriault said he personally knew the officers. He broke down, unable to complete his sentence, and excused himself.

Police said they were looking for 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton, a city of about 69,000 people about 95 miles (150 kilometers) northeast of St. John, New Brunswick. The police force tweeted an image of a suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns.

Danny Leblanc, 42, said he saw the shooter in the distance Wednesday evening, wearing a camouflage outfit and standing in the middle of the street with his gun pointed at police cars.

The construction worker said he believed it was an RCMP officer until he heard a burst of automatic gunfire coming from the man's gun.

He said he quickly retreated into his home and remained there with his family. At one point a neighbor posted on social media that their kitchen window was shattered by gunfire.

Leblanc said few people on his normally quiet street were sleeping as they awaited word at midnight on whether an arrest had been made.

Word that police had been killed shocked the city, Leblanc said.

"It's devastating. I don't know if he was on a hunt for them, or what," he said.

Police had a number of roads in the city blocked and traffic was backed up on major arteries across the city. Drivers were also asked to stay out of the area.

Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc urged all residents to pay strict attention to the RCMP warnings.

"It is a terrible tragedy," he said. "We as a city must pull together as a family to support those who have suffered losses."

Such violence is rare in Canada, particularly on Canada's East Coast. Theriault said the city of Moncton didn't have a homicide last year or this year until Wednesday evening.

"We have been blessed until this point," he told The Associated Press.

He said other RCMP officers from around Atlantic Canada are in Moncton assisting with the search.

The shootings brought back memories of when four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were killed in the western Canadian province of Alberta in 2005 in the deadliest attack on Canadian police officers in 120 years. They had been investigating a farm in Mayerthrope, a hamlet in Alberta, when a man shot them. The gunman was killed.

The Horizon Health Network, a provincial health authority, said two patients were taken to Moncton Hospital with gunshot wounds. Horizon Health said the two shooting victims were in stable condition.

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Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

The RCMP said 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.

Constable 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.

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rbjrjr June 05 2014 at 9:17 AM

Rather than point a camera at the guy - mightn't it have been better to point a rifle at the guy ? How's that camera gonna work out when this loon comes knocking at your door ? That gun control stuff is a real blessing isn't it ?

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dbluefish June 05 2014 at 10:17 AM

When the citizens give up their right to bear arms, then only a crazy like this will be armed. Makes perfect sense to me, not! It would sure make me feel good to just lock my doors and HOPE!

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bd2thebone June 05 2014 at 10:52 AM

Shooting people in a place with gun control is like fishing at a trout farm.

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Patrick June 05 2014 at 9:28 AM

Bummer… I thought they had gun control ?

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LMetz11822 June 05 2014 at 12:44 PM

As expected misinformed gun nuts are on the loose again posting their disinformation. In truth Canada is a very safe place as compared to the United States where just about everyone owns a weapon. It is very rare for shootings like this to happen in Canada, whereas it is almost a weekly occurrence in the United States.

Canada does allow certain types of gun ownership and classifies them as non-restricted, restricted and prohibited. Most of those weapons that they prohibit are those types of weapons that only criminals would use such as automatic weapons, Saturday night specials, suppressors, etc.

People posting pro-gun comments seem to think that gun ownership will make up for their other short comings and will solve these types of problems, but the last thing this town or similar types of towns need is another 100 ignorant fools shooting in all different directions. If someone wants to own a gun for self protection at home then I have no problem with it, just don't play Rambo.

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timetojumpout June 05 2014 at 9:40 AM

My heart goes out to all the families. Pyschos will always find a way to kill. It is a true shame they just don't start with themselves.

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BigBadGene timetojumpout June 05 2014 at 10:12 AM

True very true. As retired LEO people never hear of the daily killings not related to guns. If someone want's to kill someone they will. Sorry for the families.

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eddie6114 BigBadGene June 05 2014 at 12:06 PM

Big bad gene, Thank you for bringing that to the table. this forum needs insight like yours

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Chris timetojumpout June 05 2014 at 3:30 PM

Amen to that statement. I wish the case of Fort Polk never happened and they guy took his own life instead of innocent people serving their country. It's a shame they don't start with themselves. Why should innocent women and children even men be subject to someone who is "depressed" or wants to "make a statement"

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nevadan99 June 05 2014 at 10:11 AM

This must be false. Guns are banned in Canada.

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harleybv June 05 2014 at 11:31 AM

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boardsrbetter June 05 2014 at 9:24 AM

Sorry for the people who lost thier lives, and i hope those injured get better soon. I hope they find him soon. I'm curious as to why he would do a thing like this, or how he plans on justifying his actions.

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bryanmerrittper2 June 05 2014 at 10:17 AM

People are always asking why when ever there is a shooter who kills people like that. The answer is there is no reason at all.. A certain percentage of the world's population is crazy enough to do this stuff on a whim. We all need to accept the fact that some people are nuts. we need to round these nutty people up and lock them away where they can not hurt anyone or themselves when ever they show up. There are usually warning sign's before they go this far but the problem is they are protected by law until they do something like this.

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msgoe bryanmerrittper2 June 05 2014 at 11:23 AM

correct .. it is about two%

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