Multiple Police Officers Dead After Shooting In New Brunswick, Gunman Still Loose

| by Jared Keever

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are still searching for a suspect they believe killed three police officers and wounded two others on Wednesday evening in the town of Moncton, New Brunswick.

It is still unclear what prompted the shootings, but officials have said they believe the suspect, 24-year-old Justin Bourque, is still in the area, possibly hiding in a nearby subdivision.

"We are still actively looking for the shooter," said RCMP Constable Damien Theriault. "He is believed to still be in the Pinehurst subdivision area of Moncton. We are urging people in that area to stay inside and lock their doors and for people to stay away from that area.”

Theriault told reporters that police originally responded to a call about an armed man in the north end of the city at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday night. Three of those officers were killed and two others sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

Danny LeBlanc, a 42-year-old construction worker who lives in the area, said he saw the shooter from a distance. He claimed the man was standing in the middle of the street and pointing a gun at the police cars. 

When he heard gunshots, LeBlanc said he ducked back into his home and locked the doors.

"It's devastating. I don't know if he was on a hunt for them, or what," he told The Associated Press.

The RCMP has been communicating with citizens through its Twitter feed according to CNN.

Through Twitter, they released one photo of the suspect who appeared to be dressed in military fatigues and carrying two rifles (pictured).

"Shooter still believed to be in Pinehurst Subdivision area of Moncton. Stay locked inside. Leave outdoor lights on,” read one Thursday morning tweet. 

"Stay safe. Motorist stay away from area,” read another.

Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc urged residents to pay attention to the RCMP warnings and to follow their instructions. 

Moncton has not had a homicide since before 2013. 

"We have been blessed until this point,” the mayor said.

"It is a terrible tragedy," he said. "We as a city must pull together as a family to support those who have suffered losses.”

Other officers from eastern Canada are traveling to Moncton to help with the search. 

Sources: The Associated Press, CNN, Oregon Live