Moncton Shooting: Manhunt Continues
Suspect spotted 3 times as manhunt continues for Moncton Shooting Suspect
Police are scouring a Moncton, N.B., neighbourhood and warning residents to stay in their homes as they hunt for a heavily armed man after three RCMP officers were killed and two were wounded in shootings Wednesday night.
Police said Thursday morning that the suspect has been spotted a few times in the manhunt, which began last night.
RCMP believe Justin Bourque, 24, is within an area bounded by Berry Mills Road, Killam Drive, Mountain Road and Evergreen Drive in the Pinehurst subdivision of Moncton.
Codiac RCMP Supt. Marlene Snowman told a news conference that police spotted the suspect three times Thursday morning — in the area near Gorge and Mountain roads, and two other times. The police were unable to apprehend him.
Roger Brown, RCMP assistant commissioner, also told the news conference that “there is no way to describe the level of hurt” inside the police force.
He promised to keep the public updated on the situation throughout the day.
“This is working through your worst nightmare,” Brown said.
He said Moncton is still gripped by a “very, very dangerous situation.”
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“We have an armed and dangerous individual that we do not exactly know where he is, and what that really means is that we need to collectively work together to ensure that nothing else happens, that we don’t have somebody else injured, whether it be a citizen, whether it be a bystander, whether it be another police officer,” Brown told the news
“We need to focus back on the families. We have one of our members with three children. And you know, these are, these are real-life situations,” he said.
Brown promised to keep the public informed of any developments in the Moncton manhunt.
“We will come back [to speak to the media] and once this person is apprehended, and he will be, then I think we, collective, I know from a policing perspective, we will breathe a sign of relief,” Brown said.
“But at this point in time, that’s not the situation right now.”
Schools closed in Moncton, buses pulled from service
RCMP are searching every vehicle in the area, said CBC reporter Melissa Oakley.
“Two officers with rifles opened the doors to our van and the tail gate. Rifle aimed in the vehicle,” she reported.
RCMP officers gather early Thursday morning as the search for Justin Bourque continues following the shooting deaths of three RCMP officers and the wounding of two others in Moncton, N.B. (CBC)
Theriault could not say how many police officers are involved in the manhunt.
Theriault, visibly emotional during a news conference early Thursday morning, also asked the public not to disclose any information about the police operation or locations of officers on social media.
The shootings have caused numerous closures or other action:
- The Anglophone East school district closed all of its schools Thursday. Francophone South school district closed schools in Moncton, Dieppe-Memramcook, Shediac and Bouctouche as a safety precaution.
- Public transit has been shut down in the city as Codiac Transpo has taken all its buses off the road.
- The Moncton courthouse also closed for the day.
- The University of Moncton campus announced it will remain closed until noon, at which time things will be re-evaluated. The New Brunswick Community College is also closed.
- Champlain Place shopping mall is delaying its opening until further notice.
- Provincial and federal government offices in the Moncton area are also closed Thursday.
- Canada Post cancelled mail delivery.
- NB Liquor closed all stores in Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe.
- Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc said transit services and city hall were closed because of “potential risk from this person.”
“Naturally there’s a very high degree of concern and anxiety over this,” said Mayor George LeBlanc. “This is extraordinary.
‘Oh my God, there he is with camouflage and the headband and a gun, and it looked like a bow he had with him. And I mean he was just through our backyard.’
– Joan MacAlpine-Stiles, Moncton resident and witness
“It’s certainly not the type of thing that anybody is used to seeing.”
LeBlanc viewed the incident as “an extraordinary tragedy that nobody could foresee.”
“This is just a horrible tragedy for the city, but especially of course for the families of those officers, and of course it’s extremely difficult and I want to extend our deepest sympathies to them and our support for them in the days to come.”
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