At least four people, including two police officers, have been killed in a shooting incident in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton, police said.
Police in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New Brunswick, said there had been multiple fatalities.
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Another police tweet said one person had been taken into custody but gave no immediate details on where the incident occurred.
Police have since confirmed “there is no further threat to the public,” and said lockdowns were no longer required.
“Police still have the crime scene contained, and will be working the investigation for some time,” the Fredricton Police said in a tweet.
@JustinTrudeau: Awful news coming out of Fredericton. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting. We’re following the situation closely.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was “awful news coming out of Fredericton”.
“My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting. We’re following the situation closely,” he said on Twitter.
In 2014 in another mass shooting in Moncton, New Brunswick, three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were killed and two more were wounded.
At the time, the incident was one of the worst of its kind in Canada, where gun laws are stricter than they are in the United States and deadly attacks on police are rare.
But a proliferation of weapons has led to an increase in gun crimes in recent years.
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.