2 cops, musician among those killed in shooting in Canada


Three of the four people killed in Friday’s shooting in the Canadian city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, have been identified as two police officers and a local musician.

The Fredericton Police Department identified the two slain offices as Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robert Costello, 45.

Burns had been on the force for two years after previously serving as an auxiliary officer for two years, police said. She leaves behind a husband and three children.

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Robb Costello and Sara Burns were identified as the two officers killed in a shooting on Friday, August 10, 2018.

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Costello was a 20-year veteran of the police department and leaves behind a partner and four children, police said.

The other victim, Donnie Robichaud, 42, was identified by family members, CBC News reported. Robichaud, a bass player and father of three, was said to be “the best guy you could ever meet,” his cousin Sean Callahan told the media outlet. Robichaud moved into the building where the incident happened a few months ago.

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A fourth victim, a woman, was not identified. A 48-year-old male suspect was arrested and was “being treated for serious injuries” related to the shooting. Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital said it was treating “multiple shooting victims” but further information was not immediately available.

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Donnie Robichaud was identified by a family member as one of the people killed in the shooting on August 10, 2018.

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Fredericton police responded to calls of shots fired around 7:10 a.m. local time, Deputy Police Chief Martin Gaudet said. The two officers killed were the first to arrive at the scene. Gaudet said the suspect was arrested around 9:30 a.m. local time in an apartment. It was not immediately clear what caused the shooting. The incident was under investigation and it was not immediately clear if any people were wounded in the shooting.

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“Obviously, this is incredibly difficult for our officers and for our community,” Gaudet said. “No one ever wants to lose a colleague or friend, especially in this kind of situation.”

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Map locates Fredericton, Canada, where a shooting left four people dead on Friday, August 10, 2018.

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The residents who lived in the apartment building where the shooting occurred were told they could not return until a probe was completed. Neighbors discussed what they heard and saw at the time of the shooting.

David MacCoubrey, who lives in Fredericton, said he heard about 20 shots and was hiding on his kitchen floor.

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“I’m on my floor,” he told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “The cops have come through my place. They have searched all the apartments in the building. It sounded like it started in the courtyard area.”

MacCoubrey said police have been searching the buildings, and he’s been sitting away from windows.

Travis Hrubeniuk said his fiancée had just left for work around 7:45 a.m. local time when he began hearing a steady stream of sirens.

Police officers and paramedics survey the area of a shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on Friday, Aug.  10, 2018.  Fredericton police say two officers were among four people who died in a shooting Friday in a residential area on the city's north side. One person was in custody, they said, and there was no further threat to the public. (Keith Minchin/The Canadian Press via AP)

Two officers were killed in the incident in Fredericton, Canada, on Friday, August 10, 2018.

 (Keith Minchin/The Canadian Press via AP)

Hrubeniuk said residents have been advised to stay inside with their doors locked. The quiet residential neighborhood, which has houses, grocery stores, a church and an elementary school, is the last place Hrubeniuk said he expected to encounter a dangerous situation.

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Fredericton has a population of about 58,000 and is located just northeast of Maine. The city is the capital of New Brunswick. 

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.



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