At least four die from morning shots in Canada

Emergency vehicles are seen in the Brookside Drive area in Fredericton, Canada on Friday

At least four people were killed in a morning shooting in Canada.

Police in Fredericton, New Brunswick, responded to the shooting in a residential neighborhood around 7 am Friday, and arrested a suspect after an intensive emergency response.

Fredericton is a city of approximately 58,000 about 75 miles from the border with Maine.

Police said that Brookside Drive, between Main Street and Ring Road, will remain closed "in the foreseeable future" to carry out the investigation.

Emergency vehicles are seen in the Brookside Drive area in Fredericton, Canada on Friday

Emergency vehicles are seen in the Brookside Drive area in Fredericton, Canada on Friday

David MacCoubrey, who lives on Brookside Drive, said he woke up in his apartment around 7 a.m. local time to the sound of three shots about 30 feet from your bed.

MacCoubrey said that more than 15 more shots were fired between then and around 8.30 am.

He says that his apartment complex has four buildings in a square, and it sounded as if the shots came from the middle of the complex.

MacCoubrey said police have been searching the compound and have been sitting on the floor of their house, away from the windows.

Another resident of the area, Robert DiDiodato, told the CBC that he heard "petardo" sounds around 7 o'clock in the morning.

"With the pace, it could have been a shot," he said. "It was something like pop, pop, pop, pop."

He heard similar sounds about five minutes later, near his home, he said.

The emergency teams are responding to a shooting on Friday morning in Fredericton

The emergency teams are responding to a shooting on Friday morning in Fredericton

The emergency teams are responding to a shooting on Friday morning in Fredericton

The police initially asked the residents to take refuge in the place, which sparked fears that the shooter was on the loose.

"The public is asked to avoid the area and remain in their homes with the doors locked at this time for their safety," police said in a statement.

At around 8.45 a.m., the police said they had a suspect in custody. But authorities warned that the incident "was still active" and urged residents to stay indoors and close their doors.

& # 39; Please stay away from the area. Stay inside, close your doors. Do not disclose police locations in [social media]. Wait for updates from the police, "said the Fredericton Fire Department on Twitter.

In 2014, another massive shooting in New Brunswick resulted in the death of three officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wound of two others in Moncton.

At the time, the incident was one of the worst of its kind in Canada, where gun laws are stricter than in the United States and lethal attacks on police are rare.

However, in recent years, Canada has seen a dramatic increase in high-profile shootings.

Last month, a gunman walked down a busy Toronto street, killing two people and wounding 13 before pointing his gun at himself.

On Thursday, Ontario promised more money for the police and to keep suspects behind bars while awaiting trial on allegations of gun crimes, while the Canadian province deals with increasing shootings involving weapons obtained in the country.

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