In a tweet shortly before 10 p.m., the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick said that the shooter is “still actively sought.”
Minutes earlier, they’d alerted those in Moncton — a community about 90 miles (150 kilometers) northeast of St. John and 150 miles north of Halifax — to take precautions.
“Stay inside lock your doors,” read that tweet. “Stay safe. Motorist stay away from area.”
The RCMP has identified the suspect as 24-year-old Justin Bourque, warning that the Moncton resident should be considered armed and dangerous. It posted a photograph of a man dressed in fatigues, carrying what appeared to be a rifle.
At least two people suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to The Moncton Hospital, health authority spokeswoman Carolyn McCormack said. It was not immediately clear if those were among the five police officers who have been shot, including three fatally.
Helicopters were flying over the neighborhood, according to Isabelle LeBlanc, spokeswoman for the City of Moncton. She lives in the area that is currently on lockdown.
All entrances to the neighborhood are blocked off, she said. Her husband has not been able to reach their home.
She said some buses have been pulled off the road because of the concern for public safety.