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    Default Moncton Manhunt - 3 RCMP officers shot dead, 2 injured

    This is ongoing.

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    -3 RCMP officers were shot and killed, 2 injured. The two injured officers are being treated for wounds that the RCMP described as non life-threatening.
    -Massive manhunt continues for the alleged gunman, identified as 24-year-old Justin Bourque, who is believed to be hiding in Moncton’s north end.
    -Roadblocks have been up all night in the search area and police have urged people to stay in their homes with the doors locked.
    -Schools remain closed and the city pulled its buses off the roads because of the manhunt.

    MONCTON – Heavily armed RCMP officers in Moncton, N.B., continue to hunt for a gunman suspected of killing three officers and injuring two others.

    RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Chantal Farrah told media Thursday morning the suspect was still at large and asked residents in a large portion of the city to remain inside and lock their doors while police continue to search for 24-year-old Justin Bourque.

    Roadblocks and traffic disruptions are expected in the area and schools have been closed. The city also pulled its buses off the roads and Canada Post cancelled delivery.

    Bourque is allegedly carrying high-powered rifles, a crossbow and knife and is considered dangerous.

    Police are also asking the public not to disclose police operation details on social media as the search continues.

    Shortly before midnight local time, police said they believed Bourque was at large in the Pinehurst subdivision area of the city.

    A photo from the Moncton Times and Transcript showed a heavily armed man wearing army fatigues.





    RCMP blocked a number of roads and urged people in the area to stay inside their homes and lock their doors.

    “We are professionals. We will ensure the security of the public. We are going to do that,” said Codiac RCMP spokesperson Const. Damian Theriault, who later broke down in tears at a media briefing with the city’s mayor when he was asked how officers are balancing their grief and the difficult task of searching for the suspect.

    Theriault said police from other areas of the province and neighbouring provinces were involved in the search.
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    He did not confirm whether the shootings were part of a targeted attack, but investigators did not believe any civilians were involved in the shooting.

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

    “[Moncton Hospital] is restricting visitors to those with critically ill family members. All others are asked to refrain from visiting at this time,” Horizon Health CEO John McGarry told reporters.

    McGarry explained the hospital went into Code Orange at about 8:30 p.m. and the facility was put on lockdown.

    “[Code Oranges] are not just basic trauma,” he explained. “They are mass casualties expected.”

    “It’s normal procedure… to control the environment and the outside. Our staff need to get in and they need to be unimpeded.”

    The lockdown would remain in place as long as needed, McGarry added. Code Orange was lifted at about 1:30 a.m.

    He estimated many dozen staff, possibly as many as 100, were on duty to deal with the situation.

    Moncton Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Dhany Charest said the two wounded officers were in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

    Charest added another victim from a separate shooting incident was also being treated at the hospital.

    “This person is in critical condition in the [operation room],” he said.

    The separate, unrelated shooting took place on Saint Laurent Street, in nearby Dieppe, at about 10:30 p.m.

    READ MORE: Other RCMP officers killed by gunfire in the line of duty

    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.

    Early Thursday morning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences, calling it “a sad time for the people of Moncton, the people of New Brunswick and for Canada.”

    “On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by this tragedy,” Harper said in a statement. “We also offer our prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured.”

    The prime minister said the sacrifice of the officers will be “honoured and remembered.”

    “This violent incident is a stark reminder that our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line in Canada every day to protect our citizens and communities,” Harper said.

    Governor General David Johnston also released a statement Thursday morning.

    “Those who wear the colours of the RCMP understand the risks of the uniform, but defend our communities time and again with bravery and courage,” he said. “In cases of unthinkable violence, we come together as a community and as a country to mourn.”

    Sean Gallacher, who lives near the area where police are concentrating their search, told The Canadian Press 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 shootings in Moncton also brought back memories of an RCMP tragedy in Mayerthorpe, Alta., on March 3, 2005, when Constables Anthony Fitzgerald Orion Gordon, Lionide (Leo) Nicholas Johnston, Brock Warren Myrol and Peter Christopher Schiemann were shot and killed.

    Source: Manhunt in Moncton continues: Alleged shooter spotted Thursday morning | Globalnews.ca
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    So sad. My heart goes out to the families.
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    It's so sad. I lost it when the RCMP officers got choked up during the press conference. One of the officers killed has three children.

    Staying inside today, even though the area in question is far away from us.
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    I don't know anything about Canada and guns. Can you basically buy and possess anything you want up there? Also, what precipitated this - it sounds like the guy is another nut, like the one in Aurora.

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    No, there are a fair number of restrictions - Gun politics in Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    But rifles and shotguns are easy to acquire, which seems to be what this guy is armed with - as well as a crossbow and knife/knives.

    He seems to be a pro-gun, anti-cop nut, yes, but that's just my basic impression based on very little information. RCMP have said he was not known to them prior to this incident.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tati View Post
    No, there are a fair number of restrictions - Gun politics in Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    But rifles and shotguns are easy to acquire, which seems to be what this guy is armed with - as well as a crossbow and knife/knives.

    He seems to be a pro-gun, anti-cop nut, yes, but that's just my basic impression based on very little information. RCMP have said he was not known to them prior to this incident.
    Thanks. What do RCMP personnel typically carry? Would they have been unarmed or only carrying pistols when encountering this guy?

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    Somebody has been watching too many Rambo movies.
    Mo.. he is clearly a nut!
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    They would definitely be armed, with pistols and/or rifles, I would think.

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    Ex-Coworker Says Suspected Cop-Killer 'Wanted To Go Out With A Bang'

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    JUN. 5, 2014, 1:50 AM


    TwitterAn image said to be that of Justin Bourque, released by law enforcement in Canada.


    Justin Bourque, the 24-year-old being sought for killing three police officers and wounding two more in Moncton, a city in New Brunswick, Canada, has long had troubles with authority, a fascination with guns, and a tendency to make dark pronouncements, according to a former coworker.

    "I never took him seriously, but he always said he wanted to go out with a bang and bring people with him," recalls Caitlin Isaac, who worked with Bourque at Walmart several years ago, until he was fired. He wanted to "give people something to remember him for."

    Bourque's Facebook page is filled with defiant and occasionally jokey posts about the right to bear arms.
    "He's always seemed to have a problem with authority," she says. "Issues with parents, bosses, police..." Still, she adds, he "seemed friendly enough. Little bit of an outcast, but not to this extent."

    He was fired for "attitude related issues, being defiant, not doing what he was supposed to be doing — problem with authority."

    As of this writing, Bourque is still the subject of a manhunt. Much of the city is on lock-down. Residents have been told to stay inside, and to keep their porch lights on. Local RCMP police have been joined by others from nearby jurisdictions and soldiers from a nearby military base.

    Mike Campbell has known Bourque since they were both two years old and still lives a few houses down from Bourque's family. He recalls hours spent playing with "little green army men" and dreaming of growing up to join the military or become dinosaur-hunting archaeologists. Campbell describes Bourque as a friendly kid, who was brought up in a religious Christian household and was homeschooled his entire life.

    They drifted apart after Bourque's parents decided that Campbell was "too competitive at sports" like street hockey and they didn't want Justin hanging around him.

    But after Campbell's father died recently, they became reacquainted. Campbell was hanging out in his garage with a few friends a few weeks ago when Bourque stopped by to offer his condolences.

    "We were just sitting in the garage drinking a little bit of whiskey, listening to some Black Sabbath, and having a good time," Campbell recalls. Everything seemed normal.

    Suddenly Bourque got up. "'I should get home before I pass out,' is what he said. 'I'm going to go,'" Campbell recalls.

    "I told him, 'Get hold of me later.' And he was like, 'I don't know... You take care, Mike. You have a good life.'
    "And I said, 'No, man, really. You're not going to come visit me? Come over any time, I'll be here.'

    "And he was like, 'That probably won't be able to happen...' I was kind of weirded out by it. A few weeks later, all this crazy nonsense happened..."

    Bourque had recently quit his job at a grocery store, Campbell says, and was living in a trailer park.

    Campbell doesn't know how to explain Bourque's killing spree. "I believe he just didn't know what to do. He was my best friend my whole life. He would be the last person I would think would do this."

    If he could speak to him, Campbell says, "I'd tell him he's a f-----g idiot. You have problems? Everybody has problems. You don't take peoples' lives. Whatever you have going on in your life, there's ways to solve it. It's not right. It's messed up. I don't feel bad for him but his family is the best people I've ever known. I just watched the 15 cop cars surrounding his parents' house, fully automatic weapons drawn, and all his sisters coming out with their hands on their heads. So sad. I can't believe what they're going through."

    Caitlin Issac says she was "surprised, and also not, at the same time" by reports of his rampage.

    She remembered one strange encounter with Bourque. "A few people from work went camping one weekend, and he came, and brought his rifle with him, which he held onto the whole night while drinking. That kind of freaked us out, so we didn't invite him the next time."

    Now she and Campbell and everyone else in Moncton are at home, with their doors locked. "He has two large guns, a knife, and a bow and arrow with him," Isaac says. "I know a lot of people in the neighborhood he's in, and yeah, I'm definitely worried at this point."

    Not long before the shootings, Bourque posted a verse from Megadeth's "Hook in My Mouth" to his Facebook page. It ended:


    You say you've got the answers, well who asked you anyway?
    Ever think maybe it was meant to be this way?
    Don't try to fool us, we know the worst is yet to come.
    I believe my kingdom will come.

    Read more: Exclusive: Ex-Coworker Says Suspected Cop-Killer 'Wanted To Go Out With A Bang' - Business Insider

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    Recent tweets:

    Heavy police presence at apartment complex in #moncton , not tweeting location at request of police. Pics and video to come when ok to do so
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    More than a dozen officers on scene that I can count, multiple snipers in place, K-9 units also here.
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    Mounties bracing themselves. Haven't seen this posture until now. Armoured truck among RCMP vehicles blocking road.
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    They've cleared residents from blocked area. Feels like something is about to give, but we'll see.
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    ERT now in building. Armed officers surround home.
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    Armed officers have exited the building. No sign of shooting suspect Justin Bourque. @Global_NB #moncton #nb


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    It's nice that the neighbor refers to the shooters family as "the best people I've ever known." They may be nice people but it sounds like he had some serious social issues and being home schooled, and not allowed to play with others because they were competitive in sports, probably did not help him. I'm not saying that made him a killer but it didn't help.
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    We're hosting a family from France for the next three weeks at our other house, through Airbnb. They just arrived yesterday, and I hate that this is what they've landed into. They're here to look for a house to buy, to move here. We weren't even sure they had any food since everything is on lockdown, so we just had them over here for a visit and a bite and would have given them anything they needed (we're only about 200m down the road, and well away from the at-risk area). Turns out they are pretty well stocked as they went shopping yesterday, but are basically stuck in a modest apartment with a two-year-old. At least they can bring her over here to play and run around in the classrooms downstairs - our boys fell in love with her immediately.

    No new updates in a while, and I missed the last news conference. Looks like the shooter may not be where they thought he was.
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    Interesting that this guy has so much police hate and yet was unknown to them.

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    This is scary as shit - some armed-to-the-teeth guy lurking around who knows where? Goddamn terrorist - and in Moncton? Not exactly the terror capital of Canada.

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