Police in the far eastern Canadian city of Fredericton warned residents to stay in their homes early Friday as they responded to a mass shooting incident. The police said in a tweet that there were “at least four people killed,” but provided few other details other than to say the incident was ongoing.
Fredericton is in New Brunswick province, about 50 miles northeast of the U.S. border with Maine.
Residents were warned to “stay in their homes with doors locked at this time for their safety” by the police. Video from the scene broadcast by Canadian network CBC showed emergency vehicles on a residential road, identified by the police as Brookside Drive.
Rachel LeBlanc, who was sheltering in place at a daycare center within the lockdown area on Brookside Drive, told CBC she heard gunshots shortly after arriving at work on Friday. She said she heard a “crack, crack, crack, four in a row” in rapid succession. LeBlanc told CBC that the 23 kids in her care were unaware of the ongoing security incident, but that she was nervous as the person in charge of their care.
There was no immediate information on the number of suspects or any suspected motive.
CBS News security analyst Paul Vollis said that based solely on the video from the scene, it appeared the police had established a primary and secondary security cordon area, indicating that they had likely determined the location of the shooter or shooters.
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