UPDATE: One officer released from hospital in Moncton shooting

But the alleged killer, 24-year-old Justin Bourque remains on the loose....

A man suspected to have killed three Mounties and injured two others after shootings in Moncton, N.B., was spotted Thursday morning but police were unable to apprehend him, the RCMP said.

Commanding Officer Roger Brown said the most recent sighting of the suspect was just after daylight Thursday and they were able to positively identify him.

``Unfortunately, at this particular point in time, I don't have all the answers to all the questions,'' Brown told a news conference.

``This is working through your worst nightmare.''

Supt. Marlene Snowman said officers were unable to confirm the suspect's identity on two other occasions when he might have been sighted. Officers continued to search for the shooter, who she said was carrying high-powered firearms, more than 16 hours after their manhunt began.

Police officers from across the country have been brought in to help arrest the suspect, said Brown, the Mounties' commanding officer in New Brunswick.

The RCMP were searching for 24-year-old Justin Bourque, a Moncton man who was wearing military camouflage and carrying two rifles in a picture of him released by police on Twitter on Wednesday night.

Residents in the area where police searched have been urged to stay inside their homes and lock their doors.

Schools and government offices were closed, and city buses were pulled off the roads.

Brown said the two wounded officers underwent surgery in hospital Thursday and he met with the families of the officers who were shot.

Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

``As you can all imagine, they're hurting,'' said Brown.

``There's actually no way to describe the level of hurt.''

He did not release the names of the officers who were shot because police were still notifying relatives.

The two injured officers were being treated for wounds that the RCMP described as non life-threatening.

On Twitter, the RCMP released a map of a large portion of the city where they wanted people to remain inside with their doors locked. They warned people to expect roadblocks and traffic disruptions as the manhunt continued.

Police believed the suspect was at large in the Pinehurst subdivision area of the city early on Thursday morning. Police first responded at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, he said.

Danny Leblanc, 42, said he saw the shooter in the distance Wednesday evening, wearing a camouflage outfit and standing in the middle of the street with a gun pointed at police cars. The construction worker said he believed it was an RCMP officer until he heard a burst of automatic gunfire coming from the man's gun. ``That guy was standing on the road afterwards and he was looking towards us,'' he said.

He said he quickly retreated into his home with his family, adding a neighbour posted on social media that a kitchen window was shattered by gunfire. Leblanc said few people on his normally quiet street were sleeping as they awaited word at midnight on whether arrests had been made.

``It's just crazy. We're chatting with our friends on Facebook and we're not going to bed until this guy is caught. I'm sure nobody in Moncton is sleeping because he seems to be all over the place,'' he said. The deaths of the three officers has shocked the city, he said.

``It's devastating. I don't know if he was on a hunt for them, or what,'' said Leblanc. Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those affected by the shootings. ``We also offer our prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured,'' he said in a statement. ``This violent incident is a stark reminder that our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line in Canada every day to protect our citizens and communities. ``The sacrifice of these brave officers will be honoured and remembered.''


Mayor George LeBlanc also offered his condolences to the families of the police officers who were killed and those who were injured. ``It is a terrible tragedy,'' he said. ``We as a city must pull together as a family to support those who have suffered losses.''

Based on information from the RCMP's Honour Roll page on its website, the last Mountie to die from a gunshot was Const. Douglas Scott on Nov. 5, 2007. He was shot while responding to a call for help involving an impaired driver at Kimmirut, Nunavut.

The most recent police officer killed in the line of duty was Const. Steve Dery of the Kativik police force in northern Quebec. Dery, 27, was shot and killed after he and another constable responded to a domestic violence call on March 2, 2013.

The shootings in Moncton also brought back memories of an RCMP tragedy in Mayerthorpe, Alta., on March 3, 2005, when Constables Anthony Fitzgerald Orion Gordon, Lionide (Leo) Nicholas Johnston, Brock Warren Myrol and Peter Christopher Schiemann were shot and killed.

Officials with the Horizon Health Network said the Moncton Hospital was treating two people who were listed in stable condition. The hospital was placed on Code Orange after the shootings to prepare it to handle multiple casualties as extra staff were brought in.

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  1. Citizen Fed Up for with The Gun Coalition posted on 06/04/2014 11:09 PM
    Maybe the firearms advocates and gun nuts with Sun Media don't get it.

    Yeah long guns of any form kill.

    The response for the federal minister responsible for the gun nuts was predictable and pathetic.
    1. Citizen Fed Up With Misinformed Comments posted on 06/04/2014 11:45 PM
      @Citizen Fed Up for with The Gun Coalition About as predictable as your response. Would you be mouthing off if the Mounties were stabbed to death or hit by an automobile. You whiney people make me sick. Show some compassion for the Law Officers instead of using their deaths as a platform for your bigoted views.
  2. Me posted on 06/04/2014 11:58 PM
    Dear @citizen fed up with misinformed comments

    Why do you need a gun?
    You don't

    People having views against laws that make no sense is our right. As much as you think it's your might to own guns and then not take any blame when innocent people are killed by fellow gun owners.

    You don't need the gun. Get over yourself
    1. Citizen Fed Up With Misinformed Comments posted on 06/05/2014 08:29 AM
      @Me Just as it is your right to post a comment it is not your right to tell people what they do and don't need. Do you own an automobile? Do you take the blame when someone is killed by someone else's vehicle? Do you shiver in fear and want all knives banned as you morally accept the blame when someone else is stabbed to death.
      Firearms are tools! The checks required to obtain a permit to purchase these tools obviously failed this time. That is, assuming they were legally purchased. The comment from one person in the above article that he claimed to hear a burst of automatic fire, if true, would indicated either he was wrong or that if indeed he did hear automatic fire the weapons were not purchased legally. Automatic weapons are prohibited in Canada. Prohibited means you cannot own one.
      Get over yourself and become more informed.
    2. ted posted on 06/05/2014 10:59 AM
      @Citizen Fed Up With Misinformed Comments Arguing with a left wing moron is like talking to a rock - you are wasting your time. They are stupid and they "know" they are "right" and they are going to make you comply if they have to kill you.

      Now who is taking bets that this shooter is another liberal, like all of the rest of them are.
    3. Citizen Fed Up With Misinformed Comments posted on 06/05/2014 01:25 PM
      @ted I agree Ted - very self centered people who think the world revolves around them. You'll often find them either texting or on the phone while driving. Laws just don't apply to them. It's always all about "ME".
  3. █Alex█ posted on 06/05/2014 05:33 AM
    █ I hope they get this nut.█
    1. ted posted on 06/05/2014 11:00 AM
      @█Alex█ Like you?
  4. Tanya posted on 06/05/2014 08:23 AM
    This isn't a gun issue its a mental health issue. As simple and as complicated as that.
  5. █ Alex █ posted on 06/05/2014 02:36 PM
    █ I hope they get this nut. █

    I am so bored here, in my parents basement. Oh well.
    anyone got more news? █
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