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Suspect in custody after shooting in Canadian city leaves 4 dead, including 2 police officers

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Suspect in custody after shooting in Canadian city leaves 4 dead, including 2 police officers

A shooting in a small Canadian city early Friday left four people dead, including two police officers, under circumstances that were not yet explained but struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass violence.

People in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick in the eastern part of the country, said they heard as many as 20 gunshots following a confrontation that prompted police to initially cordon off a large section of the city with emergency vehicles and order residents to remain inside their homes and businesses.


A Fredericton resident spoke with CBC News, telling the outlet he heard a series of firecracker-like noises around 7 a.m. local time.

"With the tempo, it might've been a gunshot. It was sort of like a pop, pop, pop, pop," Robert DiDiodato told the news outlet.

Four people were killed in what was originally called an "ongoing" incident Friday morning. The shooting occurred in a residential area in the Canadian city.

Two of the victims were identified as Fredericton police officers. At this time, the officers' names are not being released publicly.

Police said the suspect in custody was being treated for serious injuries. Neither the suspect's identity, nor their motive for the shooting is being released at this time.

Several other victims were being treated at a regional hospital, but there were no immediate details on the nature of their injuries or their conditions.

“Our hearts are broken by the murder of our two brave police officers,” Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien said in a tweet.

The entire province of New Brunswick had 11 homicides in 2016.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.