At least four people, including two police officers, were killed after a shooting in Fredericton, the capital of the Canadian province of New Brunswick, the police said on Friday morning.
The shooting took place on Brookside Drive, a major thoroughfare in the city, according to the Fredericton Police Force. One person was taken into custody in connection with the shooting, the department said shortly before 10 a.m. local time.
For about two hours on Friday morning, the police advised people who lived on Brookside to stay inside and lock their doors as officers shut down a four-mile stretch of the road. Even after officers took the person into custody, the police told people to continue to avoid a large area around Brookside, which is on the north side of Fredericton, a university town with about 60,000 residents, northeast of Maine.
Robert DiDiodato, who lives on a street off Brookside Drive, said that he was reading and drinking coffee shortly before 7 a.m. when he heard several loud gunshots outside. He stepped out of his house to investigate the noise and heard shots again.
“It was a bang and a bang, then bang, bang, bang,” Mr. DiDiodato said.
Mr. DiDiodato said that the police, some armed with assault rifles, swarmed a small apartment building in the area. He said he could see officers shielding residents while evacuating them from their homes.
“I found it quite impressive,” he said. “It just struck me that they had the evacuees between them and the building where the shooter was.”
A woman who answered the phone around 8:30 a.m. at a Tim Hortons on Brookside Drive said that people in the restaurant had taken cover and been told not to go outside.