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3 officers killed in shooting

UPDATE 7:40 P.M.

The RCMP says three of its officers were killed in Moncton, N.B., by a man armed with guns and two other officers were injured as the Mounties conducted a manhunt across the city's north end on Wednesday night for the shooter.

The RCMP tweeted that three of its officers were "mortally wounded" and police spokesman Paul Greene confirmed that they are dead.

Greene said the two RCMP officers who were taken to hospital suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The RCMP said on Twitter that they were looking for 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton.

The police force tweeted an image of a suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns.

Const. Damien Theriault said police are urging people in the area to stay inside their homes and lock their doors. Drivers were also asked to stay out of the area.

"We're advising people to stay inside until further notice," Theriault said.

The RCMP released its first information on the shooting at about 9:15 p.m. through Twitter.

It confirmed the deaths of the three officers on Twitter at 11 p.m., tweeting: "3 officers mortally wounded by shooter. 2 officers sustained non life threatening injuries. Shooter still actively sought."

Sean Gallacher, who lives near the area where police were concentrating their search, said he heard what he now believes were gunshots but initially thought his daughter had dropped some toys on the floor above him.

"I was downstairs and heard a few bangs," said Gallacher, 35.

"I went to check but she hadn't dropped anything. Then I heard the news and realized what it actually was."

The Horizon Health Network, the province's largest health authority, said on its Twitter feed that two patients were taken to the Moncton Hospital with gunshot wounds.

"TMH is restricting visitors to those with critically ill family members. All others are asked to refrain from visiting at this time," the health board said in a subsequent tweet.

Premier David Alward offered his thoughts and prayers to those affected by the shooting.

"I was shocked and saddened to learn of tonight's tragic situation in Moncton," he said in a statement.

Federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney tweeted that he was also "shocked by the tragedy" in Moncton and that his "Thoughts and prayers with our frontline @rcmpgrcpolice officers and families."

Theriault said the search for the suspect was concentrated in the area of Ryan Street and Hildegarde Road.

His voicemail later said that the RCMP were searching for the suspect in the area of the Moncton Coliseum.


UPDATE 7:20 P.M.

The RCMP says three of its officers were killed in Moncton, N.B., by a man armed with guns and two other officers were injured as the Mounties conducted a manhunt across the city's north end on Wednesday night for the shooter.

The RCMP tweeted that three of its officers were "mortally wounded" and police spokesman Paul Greene confirmed that they are dead.

Greene says the two RCMP officers who were taken to hospital suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The RCMP said on Twitter that they were looking for 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton.

The police force tweeted an image of a suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns.

Const. Damien Theriault says police are urging people in the area to stay inside their homes and lock their doors.

Drivers were also asked to stay out of the area.


UPDATE 7 P.M.

A manhunt was underway late Wednesday in the north end of Moncton for a man armed with guns after an undisclosed number of people were shot, including RCMP officers, the Mounties said.

The RCMP in New Brunswick said on its Twitter feed that they were looking for 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton. The police force tweeted an image of a suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns.

RCMP spokesman Paul Greene said two RCMP officers were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The Horizon Health Network, the province's largest health authority, said on its Twitter feed that two patients were taken to the Moncton Hospital with gunshot wounds.

"TMH is restricting visitors to those with critically ill family members. All others are asked to refrain from visiting at this time," the health board said in a subsequent tweet.

Const. Damien Theriault said police were urging people in the area to stay inside their homes and lock their doors. Drivers were also asked to stay out of the area.

"We're advising people to stay inside until further notice," Theriault said.

Federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney tweeted, "Shocked by the tragedy in #Moncton. Thoughts and prayers with our frontline @rcmpgrcpolice officers and families."

Theriault said the search for the suspect was concentrated in the area of Ryan Street and Hildegarde Road.

His voicemail later said that the RCMP were searching for the suspect in the area of the Moncton Coliseum.

Sean Gallacher, who lives near the area where police were concentrating their search, said he heard what he now believes were gunshots but initially thought his daughter had dropped some toys on the floor above him.

"I was downstairs and heard a few bangs," said Gallacher, 35.

"I went to check but she hadn't dropped anything. Then I heard the news and realized what it actually was."


ORIGINAL:

The RCMP in New Brunswick said a manhunt was underway late Wednesday in the north end of Moncton for a man armed with guns after an undisclosed number of people were shot.

Const. Damien Theriault said police were urging people in the area to stay inside.

"We're advising people to stay inside until further notice," Theriault said.

Theriault would not confirm reports that a police officer had been shot.

He said the search for the suspect was concentrated in the area of Ryan Street and Hildegarde Road.

The Canadian Press

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