RCMP officers killed in Moncton shooting

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School District 2 closed today

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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.”

– ‪@LawrenceBAuthor 

“We always seen it happen to other places and people but we never thought it would happen to us ‪#staystrongmoncton ‪#monctonshooting.”

– @kristenpoirierr

“How is this guy able to go from Hildegard to the Power Center and now to the Coliseum? This needs to end.

– ‪@ThomasRaffy

“It's like a ghost town out there, aside from the sirens...”

– ‪@KaitieSexton

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.

Organizations: RCMP, Power Center

Geographic location: Moncton, Hildegard, Ryan Road

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  • Jim Stout
    June 05, 2014 - 15:37

    Praying for you Moncton and RCMP, Jim Stout, Tucson, Arizona USA