A big portion of north end Moncton is shutdown as RCMP search for a gunman responsible for the fatal shooting of three officers.
© Christopher Gooding- Cumberlandnewsnow.com
Media and members of the public watch as police staff an intersection on Mountain Road in Moncton.
UPDATE 3:40 p.m.
MONCTON – Traffic is again moving on Mountain Road in Moncton and civilians are now being allowed beyond the police barricades on the street.
No one really knows if the standoff had ended or if the suspect wasn't where police thought he was.
RCMP have scheduled a situational update for 4:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza in Moncton.
UPDATE 3:20 p.m.
MONCTON – Christopher Gooding is reporting that the crowd keeps growing near a Moncton intersection while RCMP search an area where the suspect could be.
The police in front if us are dividing their attention between the task at hand and the crowd.
Ahead of us, officers in green fatigues and a K9 are returning to the Brinks truck after approaching the building the suspect is belived to be in.
Gooding is reporting that police are using an armoured truck for cover. Police believe the suspect is holed up in a building two streets up from the corner of Mountain Road and Killam Drive.
He said an explosives robot is exiting a nearby building and some of the police officers, dressed in tactical garb, are withdrawing from their posts and disarming.
UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.
MONCTON - "This is not even close to a typical day in Moncton."
No truer words could have been spoken than those at the RCMP press conference into the manhunt for the alleged 24-year old shooter believed responsible for killing three RCMP officers and wounding two more.
Traffic downtown is sparse and the parking lot at Champlain Mall is literally vacant. Inside, only select businesses are open.
"I don't think we'll be too busy today," a Walmart employee said.
Like any city, Moncton is a centre that draws residents from rural communities and neighbouring towns and cities. Here, you can find people from Springhill, Charlottetown and even Sydney living and making a living in the Hub city. And they are shocked with what's happening.
"It's crazy," Omar Alwardian, formerly of Springhill, said. " Last night we drove right by the area where it happened two minutes after."
Alwardian is in the cordoned area where RCMP are on the hunt for the shooter that haas brought the city's north end to a standstill.
Unconfirmed reports are police have narrowed down the search for the suspect.
UPDATE: 7:06 a.m.
Schools in Moncton's north end are closed today and people who live near the Moncton Colisium and surrounding area are being advised to stay inside and lock their doors as the manhunt for the suspect responsible for the fatal shootings of three RCMP officers and seruiously wounding two more continues.
Codiak RCMP released a map of the cordnoned area, which runs from the corner of Evergreen Drive and Chemin Merry Mills to Killarny Drive., from Killarny along Mountain Road back to Evergreen Drive.
Members of the Cumberland RCMP and Cumberland Street Crime Unit joined Codiac RCMP last night in the manhunt for the alleged shooter, 24-year-old Justin Bourque.
UPDATE: 2:05 a.m.
MONCTON – Codiac RCMP are searching in the Pinehurt subdivision area of north end Moncton looking for the suspect in the fatal shooting of three RCMP officers on Wednesday evening.
Const. Damien Theriault said people in the area are being urged to remain in their homes with the doors locked.
"Right now we are still actively searching for the suspect and we're urging people to stay inside in this and surrounding areas," Theriault said. "We're also asking motorists to stay away from the area."
Theriault said officers responding to call at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday were fatally shot by the suspect, believed to be 24-year-old Justin Bourque.
Two other officers were transported to Moncton City Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The hospital in Moncton remains closed to visitors, other than those with critically ill family members.
Anyone who sees the suspect is asked to call 911. He is described as a young man wearing camoflage with long brown hair. He's believed to be carrying two military-style rifles with high-capacity magazines, a bow and a knife.
UPDATE: 11 p.m.
MONCTON - Codiac RCMP are reporting through the RCMP New Brunswick Twitter feed that three police officers have been killed and two wounded in a shooting in Moncton on Wednesday evening.
RCMP are looking for 24-year-old Justin Bourque who is considered armed and dangerous.
People are asked to stay away from the area around the Moncton Coliseum, Worthington Avenue, Preston Crescent and Elmhurst Drive.
RCMP have asked people to call 911 if they see the suspect. They are also asking people not to report the location of police on social media.
MONCTON – Several police officers from Cumberland County are in Moncton to assist with a shooting rampage still in progress in the hub city.
The RCMP in New Brunswick said to The Canadian Press that a manhunt is underway 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.
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.
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 are now searching for the suspect in the area of the Moncton Coliseum.
Social media reports that RCMP officers have been shot and the suspect is still on the loose.
Photos show a man in camouflage, reported on police radios as being a psychiatric incident, shot officers in the area of Hildegard Drive off Mountain Road.
The Codiac RCMP has issued an advisory for the public in the Trinity / Plaza Blvd areato remain inside
The RCMP helicopter is now in the air over the scene with the New Brunswick emergency response team now active in the hunt.