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Tuesday 2 September 2014

City under siege after killer of three Mounties stalks streets

David Millward

Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

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Roger Brown, commanding officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick, wipes his eye as the Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc speaks during a news conference in Moncton, New Brunswick. AP
Roger Brown, commanding officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick, wipes his eye as the Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc speaks during a news conference in Moncton, New Brunswick. AP
Police officers walk around a strip mall urging merchants to shut down their stores in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Police New Brunswick were searching Wednesday for an armed man after at least two people, both police officers, were injured in a shooting. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick said on its Twitter feed that they were looking for 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton, who is considered armed and dangerous. The police force tweeted an image of a suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Marc Grandmaison)
Police officers walk around a strip mall urging merchants to shut down their stores in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Police New Brunswick were searching Wednesday for an armed man after at least two people, both police officers, were injured in a shooting. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick said on its Twitter feed that they were looking for 24-year-old Justin Bourque of Moncton, who is considered armed and dangerous. The police force tweeted an image of a suspect wearing military camouflage and wielding two guns. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Marc Grandmaison)
Police officers take cover behind their vehicles in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Three police officers were shot dead and two others injured Wednesday in the east coast Canadian province of New Brunswick, officials said, and authorities were searching for a suspect. (AP Photo/Moncton Times & Transcript, Ron Ward via The Canadian Press )
Police officers take cover behind their vehicles in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Three police officers were shot dead and two others injured Wednesday in the east coast Canadian province of New Brunswick, officials said, and authorities were searching for a suspect. (AP Photo/Moncton Times & Transcript, Ron Ward via The Canadian Press )

Terrified residents of a normally quiet Canadian city hunkered behind locked doors and in basements as police hunted for a heavily-armed gunman who mowed down three officers on a residential street.

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Large parts of Moncton, New Brunswick, remained under virtual siege nearly a day after a young man in camouflage gear and carrying two military-style rifles with high capacity magazines, a bow and a knife was first spotted brazenly roaming through back gardens and along pavements.

Shocked residents dived for cover in their homes when the gunman, identified by officials as a Justin Bourque, a 24-year-old local with a fascination with weapons, opened fire on police on Wednesday evening and then calmly walked off.

Three members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were killed and two wounded in the shoot-out in a rampage that has shocked the country. Bourque, who was educated at home by devout Christian parents, recently quit his job in a grocery store and was living in a trailer park.

He once told a former colleague that he "wanted to go out with a bang and bring people with him".

His Facebook page was filled with anti-police, anti-government, pro-gun and pro-hunting statements.

As soldiers from a local army base joined the massive police hunt, the suspect was spotted three times yesterday, but eluded searchers. "He is very mobile and still considered very dangerous. Armed and dangerous," said Roger Brown, spokesman for the RCMP.

Locals who knew Bourque described him as a loner with a history of making ominous threats and clashing with authority, but said they never imagined that he was capable of such violence.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting, the deadliest attack on the RCMP in nearly a decade.

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