Four people, including two police officers, are dead following a shooting Friday morning in Fredericton.
The incident unfolded over about four hours at a north-end apartment complex on Brookside Drive.
Following is a timeline (in Atlantic time) of events linked to the shooting :
Around 7 a.m.: People report hearing gunshots in the area.
7:47 a.m.: Fredericton Police Force issues its first statement, via Twitter, asking people to avoid the Brookside Drive area because of an “ongoing incident.”
7:53 a.m.: Police announce a lockdown, urging area residents to stay inside and lock their doors for safety. The lockdown was in effect for Brookside Drive between Main and Ring roads.
8:17 a.m.: Police say there are “multiple fatalities.”
8:20 to 8:30 a.m.: Residents and reporters say more shots are heard. Video captured by a neighbour shows an armoured police vehicle approaching the apartment building and officers firing what appears to be tear gas at a window.
8:31 a.m.: At least four people are confirmed dead.
8:47 a.m.: Police ask the public to stop calling the station directly because of the volume of calls coming in.
8:53 a.m.: New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant issues statement saying the province is “shock and saddened.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered condolences about 20 minutes later.
9:25 a.m.: Police say the situation is still active and ask the public to avoid posting police positions on social media.
9:45 a.m.: One person is confirmed in custody, but the lockdown remains in effect.
10:28 a.m.: Police confirm four people are dead, including two police officers.
11:04 a.m.: Police lift the lockdown and say the threat to the public is over.
11:06 a.m.: The Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton says on Twitter it’s “currently treating multiple victims of today’s shooting.”
Around 11:15 a.m.: A provincial emergency command post arrives at the scene. RCMP and a canine unit are also there.
11:23 a.m.: Fredericton police say the suspect is being treated for “serious injuries” related to the shooting.
12:13 p.m.: Large police presence outside the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital.
12:48 p.m.: Horizon Health asks the public to avoid the hospital emergency room unless a visit is essential.