UPDATED: 4:50 p.m.
According to a press release from RCMP New Brunswick this afternoon, several hundred police officers from New Brunswick and beyond are involved in a manhunt in Moncton.
"The suspected shooter was last seen at approximately 8 a.m. on June 5 in the Gorge/Mountain Road area,' said Supt. Marlene Snowman, officer in charge of the Codiac Regional RCMP. "He was also spotted last night in a wooded area near the Pinehurst sub-division. Police remain in the area and we are continuing to ask residents who live in north Moncton, in an area bordered by Evergreen Drive, Mountain Road, Killam Drive, Berry Mills Road, and the Ryan Road, to remain in their homes.'
Reports earlier this afternoon of a suspiciou man in the Oromocto area were unfounded, RCMP say.
RCMP NB is asking the public not to share locations of police officers on social media. If anyone sees anything unusual in their neighbourhood in the Moncton area they are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.
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UPDATE: 3:27 p.m.
MONCTON – TC Media's Christopher Gooding is reporting that the crowd keeps growing near a Moncton intersection while RCMP search an area where the suspect could be.
The police in front if us are dividing their attention between the task at hand and the crowd.
Ahead of us, officers in green fatigues and a K9 are returning to the Brinks truck after approaching the building the suspect is belived to be in.
Gooding is reporting that police are using an armoured truck for cover. Police believe the suspect is holed up in a building two streets up from the corner of Mountain Road and Killam Drive.
He said an explosives robot is exiting a nearby building and some of the police officers, dressed in tactical garb, are withdrawing from their posts and disarming.
MONCTON - "This is not even close to a typical day in Moncton."
No truer words could have been spoken than those at the RCMP press conference into the manhunt for the alleged 24-year old shooter believed responsible for killing three RCMP officers and wounding two more.
Traffic downtown is sparse and the parking lot at Champlain Mall is literally vacant. Inside, only select businesses are open.
"I don't think we'll be too busy today," a Walmart employee said.
Like any city, Moncton is a centre that draws residents from rural communities and neighbouring towns and cities. Here, you can find people from Springhill, Charlottetown and even Sydney living and making a living in the Hub city. And they are shocked with what's happening.
"It's crazy," Omar Alwardian, formerly of Springhill, said. " Last night we drove right by the area where it happened two minutes after."
Alwardian is in the cordoned area where RCMP are on the hunt for the shooter that haas brought the city's north end to a standstill.
Unconfirmed reports are police have narrowed down the search for the suspect.