At Least 4 Dead in Shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick

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It took place in Fredericton in New Brunswick, a small city of around 56,000 inhabitants.

CBC reported that police evacuated an apartment block near the man's house shortly after 9 am.

He said his apartment complex has four buildings in a square, and it sounded like the shots were coming from the middle of the complex. "We're following the situation closely", he said.

"Our hearts are broken by the murder of our two fearless police officers", Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien said in a tweet.

Public broadcaster CBC quoted Robert DiDiodato, who lives in the area, as saying he heard a series of "firecracker" sounds around 7 am.

Toronto, Canada's largest city, has witnessed 241 shooting incidents this year, resulting in 30 deaths. "They have to rise above it, carry on with their job and be objective but at the same time, police officers are human beings and it's a very hard situation", he said.

The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately known.

Ralph Goodale, Canada's minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, expressed his concern over the shooting.

Announcing that officers had one suspect in custody via Twitter, the force added: "Police continue to have the Brookside area contained for the foreseeable future as the investigation is ongoing".

"There was basically three dead people laying..."

"I looked out the window and there were three police cars on the street just across from where I live", said another witness in the area.

Various nearby businesses, including employees at a local Tim Horton's, locked their doors and were not allowing patrons to enter their facility this morning.

On Thursday, Ontario pledged more money for police and to keep suspects behind bars while they await trial on gun crimes charges, as the Canadian province grapples with rising shootings involving domestically obtained weapons.

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