Moncton shootings impact business, family lives

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Lost revenues will never be made up

The shootings in Moncton shut down most of the city's north end and forced business to close.

The shootings in Moncton shut down most of the city's north end and forced business to close. Fahed Douami, who owns Freddy's Pizza on Mountain Road, estimates being closed Wednesday night and all Thursday cost him $3,000.

MONCTON - The population of Amherst got a little bigger on Thursday night.

Lucien Pomar, who owns Vintner's Cellar on Mountain Road, left the city with his wife, son and daughter to stay at an Amherst hotel.

"We were really worried so we decided to get out of the city and go to Amherst," Pomar said.

Pomar and other businesses in the locked down area remained closed Thursday as most of Moncton resembled a ghost town after the fatal shooting of three police officers in north-end Moncton.

The suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, was apprehended just after midnight just a few streets from where the shootings occurred.

Pomar is not sure of his losses but admitted it's not as significant as the lives of three police officers.

"I took a loss because Thursday is normally very busy here," he said. "I know I'll never make that back but it's minor when you consider three police officers lost their lives.

Pomar and his son were at the YMCA taking a karate class when the incident happened. His wife and daughter were home.

"My wife heard a gunshot and then another. We were stuck at the YMCA and it took us a whole to get home."

Fahed Douami was manning his pizza shop, Freddie's Pizza, on Wednesday night when he saw police cars and officers working around Mountain Road and Wheeler Boulevard.

He is shaken by what happened since he knows a lot of police officers.

"It has been a difficult few days," he said. "Everyone was so scared. It was not knowing what was happening."

Douami said his wife was out on their home's deck when she heard the gunfire.

"She didn't know what it was," Douami said. "She thought it was a BB gun or firecrackers at first, then a neighbour yelled to get inside because someone had been shot."

Douami says he lost $3,000 in business between late Wednesday and Thursday.

"That's money I'll never be able to get back and I doubt I can get it from insurance. We're still fighting to get the money we lost when the lights were out in the big storm last winter," Douami said.

Traffic was heavy Friday along the Mountain Road business area as some sense of normalcy returned.

Parking lots at the nearby Northwest Plaza and Trinity shopping complex were busy.

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Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: YMCA, Amherst hotel

Geographic location: Moncton, Mountain Road, Amherst Wheeler Boulevard Northwest Plaza

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  • Jason
    June 07, 2014 - 17:29

    It is without a doubt that reporting on the tragedy which unfolded in Moncton earlier this week has many perspectives, but I think it is very distasteful that any reputable business owner would want to take part in a story where they have the nerve to publish the monetary loss they incurred as a result of the lockdown during the manhunt for Justin Bourque. Have you ever closed for business during a winter storm, due to a death in the family, or during the past winter ice storms? If so, I don't recall seeing an article in which your losses were made public as a result of those events. How is it then that you feel the death of three RCMP officers, and the critical shooting of two others, justifies the need for such a heartless story? If you had any common sense at all you should realize that the bigger impact to your business will be the loss of customers you experience from those that have a conscience and read this article. You lost an estimated $3,000 in revenue, but three families out there lost a father, a brother, a son, an uncle, or a cousin and they are grieving the loss of their loved ones. It is beyond me why anyone in their right mind would even consider mentioning (or reporting) how this event affected their business, their sleep, their lifestyle, their studies, their work, or their health. It is nothing short of being selfish or petty, and I will never set foot in your business.