Canadian police say at least 4 dead in shooting

Fredericton Police Force Chief Leanne Fitch released the identities of the slain officers during an afternoon news conference.

The shooting is said to have happened on Brookside Drive just after 7am local time (8pm AEST). "I am having a really hard time envisioning my life without him".

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant also cited the fearless work of first responders in a statement of his own. They were shot as they rushed over to two people lying on the ground.

"The cop was literally standing outside my window firing his gun off", witness Justin McLean told CTV Atlantic. "It's bad. It could be any of us at any time", Forget said.

Canadian public broadcaster CBC said that the shooting happened in a residential area of the city north of downtown, and that heavily armed police, paramedics and firefighters were on the scene.

CTV said Moore reported that "police escorted people from their homes" after announcing a suspect was in custody.

For some, the terror began from the moment they opened their eyes.

"It's one of those situations where you think "never here", but here we are", he said. He said he dropped to the floor of his apartment and stayed there until the all-clear was given. They were identified as Lawrence Robert Costello, 45, and Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43. "Finally I got up and saw the police presence". "It's a really challenging field and to survive you need to keep all of those in check".

Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief who just last month was tapped to serve as Trudeau's minister of border security and organized crime reduction, offered comfort directly to Fredericton's police chief.

Due to the volume of calls, police have advised residents not to call the police station directly. He was a 20-year veteran of the force.

Earlier this year, Burns and her husband raised money for Liberty Lane, an organization that provides housing for women and children affected by domestic violence. "I still am in complete shock, and I don't really know how to process it".

Macleod said some came to the building in search of other family members.

Kelly Craft, the USA ambassador to Canada, said she was "shocked and troubled" to learn of the tragedy. "He wanted to have a true Irish wake and wanted to have a party with lots of laughs and happy memories".

  • Tracy Klein