OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a cascade of condolences from Canada’s political quarters Friday as word emerged of a deadly shooting in Fredericton that killed four people, including two municipal police officers.
“My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting,” Trudeau tweeted as many Canadians woke up to news of fatal gunshots echoing across a suburban neighbourhood in the maritime city’s early hours. New Brunswick health officials said multiple people were being treated for injuries in hospital.
Trudeau, who was scheduled to be in Toronto later in the day at an event to honour the two victims of a shooting in that city last month, said the federal government is following the Fredericton situation closely.
Awful news coming out of Fredericton. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting. We’re following the situation closely.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 10, 2018
Police cordoned off a neighbourhood in the city early in the day after multiple shots were fired, and now say one person in custody is being treated for serious injuries. They also say there is no longer any threat to the public. An official update on the situation was scheduled for later Friday.
All Canadians stand with the two officers who were killed, said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who also expressed deep concern about what had happened. Fredericton police are handling the incident with assistance from the RCMP, he added.
All of Canada stands with the two brave Fredericton Police officers who lost their lives protecting their community today. Their families, friends and loved ones have our deepest condolences.
— Ralph Goodale (@RalphGoodale) August 10, 2018
New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant urged those in the neighbourhood that is involved to continue to follow the direction of police.
“On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I offer my condolences, thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families,” Gallant tweeted. “During this difficult time, our thoughts are also with the courageous women and men on the front lines working to keep us safe.”
At this time, I would ask New Brunswickers, particularly those in areas identified by police, to keep informed about the situation as it develops and follow the instructions of law enforcement officials working in the area.
— Brian Gallant (@BrianGallantNB) August 10, 2018
Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief who just last month was tapped to serve as Trudeau’s minister of border security and organized crime reduction, offered comfort directly to Fredericton’s police chief.
“I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to all the victims,” he tweeted, “including Chief Leanne Fitch on the tragic death of two of her officers in the service of their community.”
I am saddened by the terrible act of violence this morning in Fredericton & am monitoring the situation closely. I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to all the victims, including Chief Leanne Fitch on the tragic death of two of her officers in the service of their community
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) August 10, 2018
Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer offered prayers for the families of the officers and everyone impacted, while NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh expressed solidarity with first responders.
Shocking and devastating news out of Fredericton this morning. Jill and I are praying for the families of these brave officers and everyone impacted by this morning’s violence. #FrederictonStrong https://t.co/LyJDUnsluD
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) August 10, 2018
Very tragic news coming out of Fredericton. My heart is with all those impacted by the shooting, along with all first responders at this time.
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) August 10, 2018
Alberta United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney also joined the online chorus, citing the perils faced daily by law enforcement officials.
“We are all shocked and saddened to learn this morning of the ongoing tragic incident in Fredericton,” Kenney said, calling it a “reminder of the risks our brave men and women in uniform are willing to take every day to keep us safe.”
Horrible news out of Fredericton this AM. Thoughts with the victims and their families at this terrible time. Hoping those responsible are quickly brought to justice. Also a reminder of the risks our brave men & women in uniform are willing to take every day to keep us safe. https://t.co/CSFayke3Ys
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) August 10, 2018
Gun violence has been a hot topic among politicians and the Canadian public this summer, particularly after several high-profile shootings in the city of Toronto.