CANADA SHOOTING LEAVES FOUR DEAD AS FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK IS PLACED ON LOCKDOWN

 A MASS shooting has left at least four people dead in an ‘ongoing’ incident in the university city of Fredericton in Canada today.

Terrified residents have told how they heard gunfire around breakfast time this morning – just before the city was put on total lockdown.

 The incident in the capital of the Canadian province New Brunswick is still ongoing

The incident in the capital of the Canadian province New Brunswick is still ongoing 

The Fredericton Police Twitter account reveals: “An incident has resulted in at least four people killed.” They later tweeted they had a man in custody.

Police are still urging people to “stay in their homes with doors locked at this time for their safety” and to avoid the area of Brookside Drive between Main and Ring Road.

A local journalist reported that four shots were heard at around 8.20am (12.20pm UK time) in the city, which is the capital of New Brunswick .

An armoured police vehicle is at the scene and there are reports of terrified local residents being led away to safety by armed cops.

 Police have warned locals in Fredericton to stay inside and lock their doors

Police have warned locals in Fredericton to stay inside and lock their doors

Firefighters and paramedics have also been deployed to the scene, Canadian broadcaster CBC reported.

A worker at a nearby Tim Hortons coffee and doughnut shop revealed staff had locked the doors so customers can’t get in or out amid the police activity outside.

Local Christopher Gill told how he woke up to a number of police officers and the sound of gunshots outside his apartment on Brookside Drive.

“I looked out the window and there were three police cars on the street just across from where I live,” he said.

“I saw one cop just standing against the building … like he was waiting for somebody to come out.”

Robert DiDiodato lives on Oakland Avenue, which connects to Brookside Drive along the city’s north side was also caught up in the drama.

He said he heard a series of “firecracker” sounds early this morning.

“With the tempo, it might’ve been a gunshot,” he told CBC. “It was sort of like a pop, pop, pop, pop, ” said DiDiodato.

About five minutes later, he said he could hear similar noises near his home.

Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais says he has spoken to Fredericton Police Force’s chief to offer any support they need.

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