Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are searching for a man who shot 5 on-duty police officers in New Brunswick Province, killing 3. The shooting occurred last night and police have ordered a lockdown of several neighborhoods in Moncton.
The shooter, pictured above, is believed to be carrying 2 rifles and dressed in full camo.
According to the latimes,
Three officers were killed and two others sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said via Twitter. Law enforcement officials also urged residents not to post police movements on social media.
It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting or where exactly it took place. Police appeared to be tracking the suspect’s movements for several hours, from late Wednesday night until early Thursday morning.
On social media, witnesses and the police shared information, including dramatic images of the alleged gunman walking in a neighborhood armed and in fatigues.
Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc told CBC-TV that he first heard of the attack on social media. He expressed deep sympathy for the families of the dead police offficers.
“You hear about these things happening other places,” he said, urging residents to follow police instructions. “Moncton is such a warm and inviting community and it’s impossible to fathom.”
LeBlanc said he was confident the police would bring the manhunt to a successful end.
“I’m shocked and saddened to learn of tonight’s tragic situation in Moncton. I extend my thoughts and prayers to those affected,” New Brunswick Premier David Alward wrote on Twitter.
Killings are rare in Canada. In 2012, 543 homicides were reported in the nation of about 35 million residents. Just six of those took place in New Brunswick. In contrast, Los Angeles County, with about 10 million residents, had 660 homicides that year.
We will bring more to you on this story as it unfolds. This is a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the lost officers. We were just told by anti-gun activists that these things don’t happen in countries like Canada with strict gun control laws and nearly non-existent concealed carriers. But the sad reality is if the person who took the above photo had a gun instead of a camera the manhunt would be over by now.
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