Suspect in custody after Brookside Drive-area shooting leaves at least 4 people dead

One suspect is in custody in connection with an early-morning shooting in a residential area of Fredericton that has left at least four people dead.

Police are telling residents to avoid the Brookside Drive area as they "investigate an ongoing incident." They confirmed in a tweet there were four fatalities.

"More information will be available when we can confirm," Fredericton police tweeted. 

Fredericton emergency response crews were escorting people out of the area. (Catherine Harrop/CBC)

Police also asked that the public not post any information about the position or activities of police or first responders.

"We are still working an active incident. We will release confirmed information as soon as we can," police said.

Shortly before 9 a.m., 237 Brookside Drive in Fredericton was evacuated by police.

Christopher Gill woke up to a number of police officers and the sound of gunshots outside his apartment at 237 Brookside Dr.

"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."

Numerous emergency response personnel responded to the shooting Friday morning and remain at the scene. (Catherine Harrop/CBC)

On Twitter, Horizon Health Network said Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital is on high alert, and is prepared to receive any victims and help the community in any way needed.

Premier Brian Gallant also tweeted, "We are all shocked and saddened to learn this morning of the ongoing tragic incident in Fredericton."

Several police, firefighters and paramedics converged on the scene of a shooting early Friday in the Brookside Drive area of Fredericton. (Nathalie Sturgeon)

Gallant offered condolences, thoughts and prayers to victims and their families. 

"During this difficult time, our thoughts are also with the courageous women and men on the front lines working to keep us safe," he said.

CBC contacted employees at the Tim Hortons on Douglas Avenue and they said they have locked their doors so customers can't exit or enter.

Robert DiDiodato lives on Oakland Avenue, which connects to Brookside Drive along the city's north side.

The Fredericton resident said he heard a series of "firecracker" sounds around 7 a.m.

Fredericton police had some streets in the area blocked off. (Catherine Harrop/CBC)

"With the tempo, it might've been a gunshot," he said. "It was sort of like a pop, pop, pop, pop."

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

"Doors are locked and everybody's inside," he said.

Several police, firefighters and paramedics remain at the scene.

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