‘I just want this to be over:’ Former Halifax man in middle of search for Moncton shooter

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BY HALEY RYAN METRO

HALIFAX - A former Haligonian and Saint Mary’s University basketball player in Moncton said via Twitter “I just want this to be over,” as he and hundreds of residents waited under lockdown while police searched for a man believed to have shot and killed three RCMP officers.

Believing the suspect was in a building near the corner of Killam Drive and Mountain Raod, police increased their numbers.

Will Njoku spoke with some media outlets from his home in Moncton following the shooting Wednesday night, sharing his experience as helicopters flew overhead while police searched the neighbourhood for any sign of the alleged gunman.

 

“I just want this to be over for all of us. Kids sleeping. Worried for my neighbors,” Njoku tweeted Wednesday.

Heavily armed RCMP officers searched through the night for 24-year-old Justin Bourque, who is suspected of wounding two other Mounties, and police asked residents in a large section of the city to remain indoors.

 

Around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Njoku said via Twitter he and his family had come upstairs after spending the night in their basement, and locked themselves in a bathroom.

 

“Taking no chances,” he tweeted.

 

In an email to Metro, Njoku said he would not speak with any more media outlets until his family is safe. Bourque had not been found by Thursday evening.

 

A former Yarmouth County woman living in Moncton was also on lockdown, and said there will forever be a sense of “innocence lost” in the city her family calls home.

 

Audrey Vaughan, who lives in Moncton with her husband Jim and their son Jimmy, told the Yarmouth Vanguard Thursday morning no one had gotten much sleep.

 

“There’s just so many little patches of wooded areas and green space, and [Bourque] knows the area, he’s from here. Any little noise and you’re looking out the window,” she said.

 

Vaughan said it’s incredibly sad to think about the RCMP officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, and her heart “just broke” thinking of the families and fellow Mounties who had to continue the search.

 

Vaughan said it’s one of those “innocence lost” moments, and Moncton is “just not going to look the same again.

 

“That’s the hard part. He’s taken away something from all of us,” she said. – with files from the Yarmouth County Vanguard

Organizations: RCMP, Metro inc., Yarmouth County Vanguard

Geographic location: Moncton, Yarmouth County

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