MONCTON, N.B. – A shooting in Moncton last night has claimed the life of three RCMP officers and left two others wounded.
Reports indicate a sixth unidentified individual is in hospital.
The suspect is allegedly a white male carrying a variety of weapons, including a pair of high-powered rifles. Police are currently conducting a manhunt for him, advising individuals in the area to remain inside. A Moncton Times and Transcript photo of the alleged suspect shows him wearing army fatigues.
Shortly before 11 p.m., the RCMP's Twitter account, @RCMPNB, posted: "3 officers mortally wounded by shooter. 2 officers sustained non life threatning injuries. Shooter still actively sought."
Just after 10 p.m. the account posted: “RCMP searching for 24-y-o Justin Bourque of Moncton. Considered armed and dangerous.”
Shortly after, another post stated: “Moncton Coliseum, Pinehurst Subdivision - Stay inside lock your doors Stay safe. Motorist stay away from area.”
At about 9:30 p.m., @RCMPNB posted: “Moncton Coliseum, Worthington, Preston, Elmurst area - Stay inside lock your doors Stay safe. Motorist stay away from area.”
At approximately 9 p.m., the account posted: “#Codiac #RCMPNB advises the public in the Hildegard / Ryan Road area to remain inside due to an ongoing shooting in the area.”
A post a few minutes later read: “#Codiac #RCMPNB advises the public in the Trinity / Plaza Blvd area in Moncton to remain inside due to an ongoing shooting in the area.”
Twitter is also filled with posts from residents of Moncton:
“This is a very dark moment in our lovely town. Thank you, God bless, brave friends. Sorry for this horrible loss.”
“We always seen it happen to other places and people but we never thought it would happen to us #staystrongmoncton #monctonshooting.”
“How is this guy able to go from Hildegard to the Power Center and now to the Coliseum? This needs to end.
“It's like a ghost town out there, aside from the sirens...”
Police are asking anyone with information to call 911. Reports state they are also asking individuals to not share information on police locations via social media.
A message sent out this morning said all schools in School District 2 were closed today ue to the incident in Moncton. The Francophone South school district also closed its schools in Moncton, Dieppe-Memramcook, Shediac and Bouctouche.