'Unflinching' in duty

Officers who rushed to the scene of a deadly shooting in Fredericton likely saved the lives of others, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday as Canadians reeled from news of early-morning gunfire that claimed the lives of four people, including two members of the local police force.

"They were unflinching in their duty," Trudeau said in a statement of the two officers who were killed at the scene. Their sacrifice "no doubt saved lives and prevented even greater tragedy."

Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who held a hastily assembled news conference in Sarnia, Ont., said it was too early to say exactly what happened — or what motives were behind the shooting.

"The facts and the details are not known," Goodale said, calling the investigation into the incident "raw."

"What we do know is that four Canadians are dead, and that is a huge tragedy for the whole country."

Earlier Friday, Trudeau — who was scheduled to be in Toronto later in the day at an event to honour the two victims of a shooting in that city just last month — used Twitter to lead a cascade of condolences from political quarters both inside Canada and beyond as news of the shooting sank in.

Police said one person was in custody and was being treated for serious injuries. After warning residents to remain in their homes with the doors locked, by about mid-morning they were able to declare that there was no longer any public threat.

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