Police release name of man facing 1st-degree murder charges in Fredericton shooting

Matthew Vincent Raymond has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two police officers and two civilians in Fredericton Friday.

The 48-year-old was charged on Saturday. He is accused of killing two police officers — Const. Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and Const. Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43 — and Fredericton residents, Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.

Police said Raymond will remain in custody. His next scheduled court appearance is set for Aug. 27.

In a Saturday morning tweet, the Horizon Health Network said the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton had received one trauma patient and four fatalities after the shooting.

On Friday, Horizon Health said in a tweet that the hospital was “treating multiple victims of today’s shooting.”

In a separate tweet, the health agency asked the public to stay away from the emergency room unless necessary.

CBC News has asked Horizon Health Network for clarification about the number of injured people and whether any restrictions apply to going to the ER, but has not heard back.

From left: Lawrence Robert Costello, Donnie Robichaud and Sara Burns died in Friday’s shooting. (Fredericton Police Force/Facebook)

Costello and Burns were shot after being the first officers to respond to a call about shots being fired at an apartment complex on the 200 block of Brookside Drive in the city’s north end at 7:10 a.m. AT.

Eyewitnesses said they heard dozens of shots.

Martin Gaudet, deputy chief of the Fredericton Police Force, said the officers who died were shot as they approached two civilians who were on the ground.

Flowers, teddy bears and messages of support are piling up outside the police station in Fredericton. (Gabrielle Fahmy/CBC)

A perimeter was set up and the neighbourhood was sealed off while residents were told to stay inside.

At 9:30 a.m., police entered an apartment and arrested Raymond. A window on the top floor of the building showed holes left by tear gas canisters.

Police declared the threat to the neighbourhood over at about 11 a.m.

RCMP handling homicide investigation

Ross White, chief superintendent of the New Brunswick RCMP, said the major crimes division assisted local police in the investigation Friday. The Mounties will take over the homicide investigation.

RCMP issued a news release Friday evening asking the public for photos and videos of the shooting to assist the investigation. A link was provided for files to be uploaded anonymously.

Meanwhile, police officers from other agencies across the province will be patrolling the city in the coming days and weeks to provide some relief to the force.  

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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.

IMPORTANT: Please do not post information about the position or activities of police or first responders. <br><br>We are still working an active incident. We will release confirmed information as soon as we can.

&mdash;@CityFredPolice

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.

At this time, I would ask New Brunswickers, particularly those in areas identified by police, to keep informed about the situation as it develops and follow the instructions of law enforcement officials working in the area.

&mdash;@BrianGallantNB

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.

We at <a href=”https://twitter.com/HfxRegPolice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@HfxRegPolice</a> are following the situation in Fredericton this morning. I have spoken to Chief Fitch personally to offer her any support we can give. We stand with <a href=”https://twitter.com/CityFredPolice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@CityFredPolice</a> while they deal with this situation.

&mdash;@JMBlais1

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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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.

IMPORTANT: Please do not post information about the position or activities of police or first responders. <br><br>We are still working an active incident. We will release confirmed information as soon as we can.

&mdash;@CityFredPolice

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.

At this time, I would ask New Brunswickers, particularly those in areas identified by police, to keep informed about the situation as it develops and follow the instructions of law enforcement officials working in the area.

&mdash;@BrianGallantNB

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.

We at <a href=”https://twitter.com/HfxRegPolice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@HfxRegPolice</a> are following the situation in Fredericton this morning. I have spoken to Chief Fitch personally to offer her any support we can give. We stand with <a href=”https://twitter.com/CityFredPolice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@CityFredPolice</a> while they deal with this situation.

&mdash;@JMBlais1

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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