The City of Fredericton and the police community across New Brunswick and beyond are in mourning following a shooting that left two police officers and two civilians dead.
The victims include 45-year-old Constable Robb Costello and 43-year-old Constable Sara Burns and two civilians — a man and a woman — whose identities have yet to be confirmed by police. One of the victims was a local musician.
Burns was the mother of three children and had been a full-time officer for only 2 years. She was also involved in harness racing as part owner of a horse.
Costello leaves behind his wife and four children.
Police have a 48-year-old Fredericton man in custody, who they say is being treated for serious injuries.
The shooting has prompted an outpouring of sympathy from across Canada, with many police forces lowering their flags to half-staff. The flag is at half-staff at Charlottetown Police headquarters and at other departments across PEI.
The motive for the shootings is being investigated.
A family member has identified one of the two civilians killed in the shooting as 42-year-old Donnie Robichaud.
Sean Callahan says his cousin was a father of three.
A local hospital was also treating “multiple victims,” but police wouldn’t say how many people were injured in the incident in a residential area on the city’s north side.
UPDATE ON SHOOTER
A 48-year-old Fredericton man faces four counts of first-degree murder in a shooting that left two police officers and two civilians dead.
Police say Matthew Vincent Raymond is accused of killing Bobbie Lee Wright, Donnie Robichaud , and Frederticton Police Constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns Friday morning.
Police haven’t said if the accused knew any of the deceased.