Justin Trudeau to meet with Fredericton Police Force members after deadly shooting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laid flowers Sunday afternoon at a memorial outside the Fredericton police station for two officers killed in a shooting on the city’s north side on Friday, as several officers and citizens looked on.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau met privately with the families of the fallen officers and other members of the Fredericton Police Force.

He was previously scheduled to be in New Brunswick’s capital city to participate in a Fredericton Pride social event Sunday night.

Constables Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, were killed Friday while responding to reports of gunfire at an apartment complex on the 200 block of Brookside Drive in the city’s north end at 7:10 a.m. AT.

The officers, the first to arrive on scene, were trying to help two civilians who had been shot when they were gunned down.

Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, also died Friday. 

Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, who is in custody, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He is scheduled to make a court appearance on Aug. 27.

Four people died from gunshot wounds in Fredericton’s north end last Friday, from the left: Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, Constables Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and Sara Mae Helen Burns 43, and Donald Adam Robichaud, 42. (Facebook/Fredericton Police Force)

There is a growing memorial of flowers, cards, balloons and teddy bears outside the Fredericton Police Force station to honour the fallen officers and express sympathy for the rest of the force.

“Your sorrow is our sorrow,” one of the cards states.

A regimental funeral will be held for Costello and Burns. The details “are forthcoming,” spokesperson Alycia Bartlett said in an email.

The Fredericton Police Force will not hold a news conference today to provide an update on the shooting “due to other considerations,” Bartlett said.

“We will be updating with any other relevant information when we can.”

Alex Browne,10, visits the memorial outside the police station with his father to leave a framed picture of Wonder Woman he drew to honour Const. Sara Burns. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC)

The prime minister previously said he was moved by the heroism of the first responders who rushed to the scene after receiving reports of shots fired.

“They did not think twice about what they had to do to keep their fellow Canadians safe. They were unflinching in their duty,” he said in a statement to reporters.

“We will not forget the two fallen police officers whose sacrifice no doubt saved lives and prevented even greater tragedy.”

Trudeau also phoned New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant on Friday, promising federal assistance, including the services of RCMP investigators, to aid Fredericton police as they grapple with the aftermath of deadly shooting.

Canadians across the country were shocked to wake up to news of the shooting in Fredericton. We mourn with everyone who has lost a loved one, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery. Full statement: <a href=”https://t.co/9WEbag7GgS”>https://t.co/9WEbag7GgS</a>

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Justin Trudeau to meet with Fredericton Police Force members after deadly shooting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laid flowers Sunday afternoon at a memorial outside the Fredericton police station for two officers killed in a shooting on the city’s north side on Friday, as several officers and citizens looked on.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau met privately with the families of the fallen officers and other members of the Fredericton Police Force.

He was previously scheduled to be in New Brunswick’s capital city to participate in a Fredericton Pride social event Sunday night.

Constables Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, were killed Friday while responding to reports of gunfire at an apartment complex on the 200 block of Brookside Drive in the city’s north end at 7:10 a.m. AT.

The officers, the first to arrive on scene, were trying to help two civilians who had been shot when they were gunned down.

Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, also died Friday. 

Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, who is in custody, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He is scheduled to make a court appearance on Aug. 27.

Four people died from gunshot wounds in Fredericton’s north end last Friday, from the left: Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, Constables Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and Sara Mae Helen Burns 43, and Donald Adam Robichaud, 42. (Facebook/Fredericton Police Force)

There is a growing memorial of flowers, cards, balloons and teddy bears outside the Fredericton Police Force station to honour the fallen officers and express sympathy for the rest of the force.

“Your sorrow is our sorrow,” one of the cards states.

A regimental funeral will be held for Costello and Burns. The details “are forthcoming,” spokesperson Alycia Bartlett said in an email.

The Fredericton Police Force will not hold a news conference today to provide an update on the shooting “due to other considerations,” Bartlett said.

“We will be updating with any other relevant information when we can.”

Alex Browne,10, visits the memorial outside the police station with his father to leave a framed picture of Wonder Woman he drew to honour Const. Sara Burns. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC)

The prime minister previously said he was moved by the heroism of the first responders who rushed to the scene after receiving reports of shots fired.

“They did not think twice about what they had to do to keep their fellow Canadians safe. They were unflinching in their duty,” he said in a statement to reporters.

“We will not forget the two fallen police officers whose sacrifice no doubt saved lives and prevented even greater tragedy.”

Trudeau also phoned New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant on Friday, promising federal assistance, including the services of RCMP investigators, to aid Fredericton police as they grapple with the aftermath of deadly shooting.

Canadians across the country were shocked to wake up to news of the shooting in Fredericton. We mourn with everyone who has lost a loved one, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery. Full statement: <a href=”https://t.co/9WEbag7GgS”>https://t.co/9WEbag7GgS</a>

&mdash;@JustinTrudeau

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A small city with a huge heart: Fredericton mourns after shooting

Fredericton resident Lisa Dozier hugged a woman she had never met before right in front of the city’s police department Saturday, a day after the shooting that killed four residents.

The woman was crying but Dozier was as well, so it felt right, she said.

“We’re a close community. We’re a small city. I didn’t know her, but that’s just the way we are here,” said Dozier, who’s originally from Newfoundland but has lived in the city of 58,000 for more than 40 years.

The strangers held each other for a few minutes, mourning police officers Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and the couple, Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.

Countless flowers, cards, balloons, teddy bears have been placed at the Fredericton police sign in front of the station downtown.

But in the middle of the sea of flowers and colours, two objects stand out: a Superman painting and a framed Wonder Woman caricature.

Alex Browne, a 10-year-old boy who lives in Fredericton, saw the Superman painting while walking by the police department with his mother.

He decided another one had to be done. But this one would be Wonder Woman.

“I usually draw SpongeBob, but I tried to represent her, Sara,” said Alex, referring to Const. Sara Burns.

He didn’t personally know her, but his sister knew Burns’ youngest son.

“My daughter has met Sara’s youngest son before and this really hit her hard. I’m a counsellor and have clients who knew the family so we felt the need to do something,” said Shannon Browne, Alex’s mother.

“Fredericton has never had to deal with something like this,” said Dozier with a cracking voice.

She lives with her husband on McKnight Street, just “two minutes away” from where the shooting took place.

When her daughter called her Friday morning to warn her about the shooting, she thought it was a joke.

“I said what? I thought she was joking. I really did,” said Dozier.

“But we’re going to be a better Fredericton for this. I know we will.”

All photos by María José Burgos.

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A small city with a huge heart: Fredericton mourns after shooting

Fredericton resident Lisa Dozier hugged a woman she had never met before right in front of the city’s police department Saturday, a day after the shooting that killed four residents.

The woman was crying but Dozier was as well, so it felt right, she said.

“We’re a close community. We’re a small city. I didn’t know her, but that’s just the way we are here,” said Dozier, who’s originally from Newfoundland but has lived in the city of 58,000 for more than 40 years.

The strangers held each other for a few minutes, mourning police officers Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and the couple, Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.

Countless flowers, cards, balloons, teddy bears have been placed at the Fredericton police sign in front of the station downtown.

But in the middle of the sea of flowers and colours, two objects stand out: a Superman painting and a framed Wonder Woman caricature.

Alex Browne, a 10-year-old boy who lives in Fredericton, saw the Superman painting while walking by the police department with his mother.

He decided another one had to be done. But this one would be Wonder Woman.

“I usually draw SpongeBob, but I tried to represent her, Sara,” said Alex, referring to Const. Sara Burns.

He didn’t personally know her, but his sister knew Burns’ youngest son.

“My daughter has met Sara’s youngest son before and this really hit her hard. I’m a counsellor and have clients who knew the family so we felt the need to do something,” said Shannon Browne, Alex’s mother.

“Fredericton has never had to deal with something like this,” said Dozier with a cracking voice.

She lives with her husband on McKnight Street, just “two minutes away” from where the shooting took place.

When her daughter called her Friday morning to warn her about the shooting, she thought it was a joke.

“I said what? I thought she was joking. I really did,” said Dozier.

“But we’re going to be a better Fredericton for this. I know we will.”

All photos by María José Burgos.

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What we know so far about the Fredericton shooting

Four people are dead, one suspect is in custody and a city is in mourning.

Details of the Friday morning shooting that left two Fredericton police officers and two civilians dead are trickling out amid rumours and speculation in the two days since the first gunshots were reported.

Here what’s we know:

The shooting

  • Witnesses report hearing the first shots in the 200 block of Brookside Drive on Fredericton’s north side shortly after 7 a.m.
  • The total number of shots fired varies between witness accounts. Most reports say the final shots were heard around 8:30 a.m.
  • Officers Lawrence Robert Costello, 45, and Sara Burns, 43, respond at 7:10 a.m. They are the first on scene and shot trying to help two civilians — later identified as Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32 — lying on the ground outside an apartment complex. All four individuals are shot and killed.

    Victims of Friday’s shooting from left to right: Const. Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and Const. Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.

  • The apartment complex at 237 Brookside Drive is made of four three-storey buildings in the shape of a “J,” with a grass courtyard in the middle and a parking lot and wooded area in back. The third-storey window riddled with bullet holes faces the courtyard.
  • At about 9:30 a.m., officers enter an apartment and arrest a suspect, who is taken to hospital after being shot by police.
  • The area was put on lockdown for about four hours and more than two dozen households were evacuated. Dozens of displaced residents will be able to return home Monday.
  • The complex remains cordoned off by police as the investigation continues. New Brunswick RCMP have taken the lead on the homicide investigation with the Fredericton Police Force assisting. RCMP are asking for photos and video of the shooting.
  • For a timeline of the events and eyewitness accounts, click here.

The suspect

  • Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, is in police custody and has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.
  • Raymond is in “serious but stable” condition, according to police.
  • So far, police haven’t established a link between the alleged gunman and any of the victims.
  • Raymond had been living in the complex’s C building for four months, says the office manager for the apartment rental company. Judith Aguilar said he seemed “utterly normal.”

    Police and RCMP officers survey the area of a shooting in Fredericton, N.B. on Friday, August 10, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Keith Minchin (Canadian Press)

  • Few details have been released by police, only that he allegedly shot the victims from an elevated position using a long gun. Police do not know if the gun belonged to him.
  • He was not known to police.
  • Raymond is scheduled to make a court appearance Aug. 27.
  • For more information on Raymond and his apartment, click here.

The victims

  • Const. Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, was a 20-year veteran of the Fredericton Police Force who worked on various teams throughout his career, including as a detective.
  • He grew up in Sussex Corner.

  • He is survived by his partner, Jackie McLean, and four children.
  • He worked tough cases while seconded to the RCMP’s Internet child exploitation unit and was said to have enjoyed being on patrol.
  • Costello often spoke of the on-the-job dangers facing police.
  • Const. Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, joined the force in 2016 after two years of serving as auxiliary officer.
  • She decided to chase her dream of policing at the age of 35 after years of being a stay-at-home mom.
  • Born in Scotland, Burns moved to Canada at the age of seven. She is a graduate of Fredericton High School.
  • She is survived by her husband and three sons.

    Const. Sara Burns is survived by her husband, three boys and a large extended family. (Submitted by Steven Burns)

  • She’s being remembered as dedicated officer who went the extra mile in her work.
  • Burns had worked an overnight shift and was getting something she had forgotten in the police car when the call from Brookside Drive came in Friday morning. She shared the car with Costello and decided to go with him.
  • For more information about the officers, click here.
  • Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, was a local bass player who also specialized in auto body work.
  • He was a father to three children.

    Donnie Robichaud, 42, is being remembered for his generosity and kind heart. (Facebook)

  • He grew up in Geary and spent his time riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and playing in local bands.
  • Robichaud, known as Donnie, moved into the apartment complex where the shooting occurred about three months ago.
  • He recently entered a relationship with the other civilian who was killed Friday.
  • Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, was the last person identified by police.

    Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, is one of the first two victims in a Fredericton shooting that claimed the lives of Wright and her boyfriend, as well as two police officers who responded to reports of shots at an apartment complex Friday, August 10, 2018. (Facebook)

  • On August 2, she shared on Facebook that she was in a relationship with Robichaud.
  • Her family has yet to speak publicly about her death.
  • For more information about Robichaud, click here.

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What we know so far about the Fredericton shooting

Four people are dead, one suspect is in custody and a city is in mourning.

Details of the Friday morning shooting that left two Fredericton police officers and two civilians dead are trickling out amid rumours and speculation in the two days since the first gunshots were reported.

Here what’s we know:

The shooting

  • Witnesses report hearing the first shots in the 200 block of Brookside Drive on Fredericton’s north side shortly after 7 a.m.
  • The total number of shots fired varies between witness accounts. Most reports say the final shots were heard around 8:30 a.m.
  • Officers Lawrence Robert Costello, 45, and Sara Burns, 43, respond at 7:10 a.m. They are the first on scene and shot trying to help two civilians — later identified as Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32 — lying on the ground outside an apartment complex. All four individuals are shot and killed.

    Victims of Friday’s shooting from left to right: Const. Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, and Const. Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.

  • The apartment complex at 237 Brookside Drive is made of four three-storey buildings in the shape of a “J,” with a grass courtyard in the middle and a parking lot and wooded area in back. The third-storey window riddled with bullet holes faces the courtyard.
  • At about 9:30 a.m., officers enter an apartment and arrest a suspect, who is taken to hospital after being shot by police.
  • The area was put on lockdown for about four hours and more than two dozen households were evacuated. Dozens of displaced residents will be able to return home Monday.
  • The complex remains cordoned off by police as the investigation continues. New Brunswick RCMP have taken the lead on the homicide investigation with the Fredericton Police Force assisting. RCMP are asking for photos and video of the shooting.
  • For a timeline of the events and eyewitness accounts, click here.

The suspect

  • Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, is in police custody and has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.
  • Raymond is in “serious but stable” condition, according to police.
  • So far, police haven’t established a link between the alleged gunman and any of the victims.
  • Raymond had been living in the complex’s C building for four months, says the office manager for the apartment rental company. Judith Aguilar said he seemed “utterly normal.”

    Police and RCMP officers survey the area of a shooting in Fredericton, N.B. on Friday, August 10, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Keith Minchin (Canadian Press)

  • Few details have been released by police, only that he allegedly shot the victims from an elevated position using a long gun. Police do not know if the gun belonged to him.
  • He was not known to police.
  • Raymond is scheduled to make a court appearance Aug. 27.
  • For more information on Raymond and his apartment, click here.

The victims

  • Const. Lawrence Robert (Robb) Costello, 45, was a 20-year veteran of the Fredericton Police Force who worked on various teams throughout his career, including as a detective.
  • He grew up in Sussex Corner.

  • He is survived by his partner, Jackie McLean, and four children.
  • He worked tough cases while seconded to the RCMP’s Internet child exploitation unit and was said to have enjoyed being on patrol.
  • Costello often spoke of the on-the-job dangers facing police.
  • Const. Sara Mae Helen Burns, 43, joined the force in 2016 after two years of serving as auxiliary officer.
  • She decided to chase her dream of policing at the age of 35 after years of being a stay-at-home mom.
  • Born in Scotland, Burns moved to Canada at the age of seven. She is a graduate of Fredericton High School.
  • She is survived by her husband and three sons.

    Const. Sara Burns is survived by her husband, three boys and a large extended family. (Submitted by Steven Burns)

  • She’s being remembered as dedicated officer who went the extra mile in her work.
  • Burns had worked an overnight shift and was getting something she had forgotten in the police car when the call from Brookside Drive came in Friday morning. She shared the car with Costello and decided to go with him.
  • For more information about the officers, click here.
  • Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, was a local bass player who also specialized in auto body work.
  • He was a father to three children.

    Donnie Robichaud, 42, is being remembered for his generosity and kind heart. (Facebook)

  • He grew up in Geary and spent his time riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and playing in local bands.
  • Robichaud, known as Donnie, moved into the apartment complex where the shooting occurred about three months ago.
  • He recently entered a relationship with the other civilian who was killed Friday.
  • Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, was the last person identified by police.

    Bobbie Lee Wright, 32, is one of the first two victims in a Fredericton shooting that claimed the lives of Wright and her boyfriend, as well as two police officers who responded to reports of shots at an apartment complex Friday, August 10, 2018. (Facebook)

  • On August 2, she shared on Facebook that she was in a relationship with Robichaud.
  • Her family has yet to speak publicly about her death.
  • For more information about Robichaud, click here.

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What we know about the victims of the Fredericton shooting

Police have identified the four victims of a deadly Friday morning shooting in Fredericton as a local couple and two police officers who responded to reports of shots fired at an apartment complex.

Matthew Vincent Raymond is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in their deaths.

Here’s what we know about the victims so far.

Bobbie Lee Wright

Wright was the last of the victims of Friday’s shooting identified.

On August 2, the 32-year-old shared on Facebook that she was in a relationship with Donald Adam Robichaud, also a victim of the shooting.

Bobbie Lee Wright was in a relationship with one of the other shooting victims. (Facebook)

Donald Adam Robichaud

​Known to friends and family as Donnie, Robichaud was a local musician and father of three described as “the best guy you could ever meet” by his cousin and best friend Sean Callahan.

He moved into the building where the shooting occurred just a few months ago. 

Robichaud, 42, had started a new relationship about two weeks ago “and he just couldn’t believe how happy he was,” Callahan said.

“The guy had a smile on his face.”

Robichaud, who specialized in auto body work, spent his free time riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and playing bass guitar in local bands.

But his biggest pride, Callahan said, was his children.

“They loved their father. He loved his kids.”

Donnie Robichaud, centre, poses with his sons Draiden and Zakkery in this family handout photo. (Melissa Robichaud handout via Canadian Press)

Const. Lawrence Robert Costello

Costello, 45, is one of two police officers who died while responding to reports of shots fired at a Fredericton apartment complex.

He was a 20-year veteran of the force who worked on various teams throughout his career, including as a detective.

He is survived by his partner and four children.

In a statement released through police, his partner, Jackie McLean, described Costello as “the single most positive person” she’d ever met. 

“That was obvious to everyone who met him. He had a special way of dealing with people: fair, but strong and tough when needed.

“He was the only officer I’ve ever known to write a ticket and have the recipient thank him for it.”

She said Costello spent years working in a specialized unit that dealt with “some tough investigations” but that he was dedicated to helping others, and “did the job with passion and the utmost professionalism, and always came home with a smile on his face.”

McLean said that “Robb’s mom was the most important woman in his life” and that he was “extraordinarily proud of his daughters.”

Lawrence Robert Costello was a 20-year veteran of the force who worked on various teams throughout his career, including as a detective.

Const. Sara Mae Helen Burns

Burns, 43, is the other slain while responding to the call.

In a statement released through the police, her family offered ” sincerest condolences to the family of Cst. Robb Costello, and the other victims who lost their lives.”

Her family thanked the Fredericton Police Force officers and other first responders who answered the call and came to help.

“Sara absolutely loved her job, and went to work each shift committed to serving this great community. We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, and respectfully ask for privacy as we grieve,” the statement read.

Const. Jeff Bartsch, who studied at the Atlantic Police Academy with Burns, said “She’s a very, very hard worker, a very fun-loving mother. She had really beautiful kids.”

Fredericton police officer Sara Burns, 43, leaves behind a husband and three children. (Facebook)

In their time at the academy, he got to know Burns as someone who “would do anything for you and had a real true aspiration to be a police officer.” He said she balanced her workload and studying with her family obligations, with her husband being supportive of her dedication.

The academy would choose Burns as a leader among the 44 cadets, and she served the role just like a den mother, “looking out for every one of us there as if we were her own children,” said Bartsch. “She was a true person, a true angel to look after people.”


With files from the CBC’s Colin McPhail, Elizabeth Fraser and Karissa Donkin.

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Alleged Fredericton shooter seemed 'utterly normal'

A man accused of shooting and killing four people outside his Fredericton apartment building seemed “utterly normal,” according to a woman who helped him fill out a rental application.

Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, always smiled and made friendly small talk when he paid his rent in person each month, said Judith Aguilar, an office manager at Sunfield Apartment Rentals. 

“It’s very surprising,” she said.

“He didn’t seem like a disturbed individual in any way.”

The company manages the four apartment buildings that make up 237 Brookside Drive, the location of Friday’s shooting. Raymond had been living in the complex’s C building for four months, Aguilar said.

Donnie Robichaud also lived in the apartment complex. The 42-year-old father and musician has been identified as one of the four victims of Friday’s shooting, along with his 32-year-old girlfriend Bobbie Lee Wright and two Fredericton police officers, Const. Robb Costello, 45, and 43-year-old Const. Sara Burns.

So far, police haven’t established a link between the alleged gunman and any of his victims.

Donnie Robichaud, 42, is being remembered for his generosity and kind heart. (Facebook)“That is a piece of information that we’re looking to establish,” Martin Gaudet, Fredericton’s deputy police chief, told reporters on Saturday.

Alleged shooter used long gun

Raymond didn’t raise any red flags with Aguilar.

She first met him when he filled out an application to live at the building. Aguilar believes he was living alone.

When he visited the rental company’s office, she said Raymond always wore sunglasses and his bike helmet. He cycled everywhere and told her his bike was expensive.

Police haven’t released many details about Raymond, saying only that he allegedly shot the victims from an elevated position using a long gun. He was not known to police.

“Everyone in the company that met him thought he was really pleasant,” Aguilar said.

“Sometimes you meet people and they can be aggressive or they can give you this weird vibe or something. He seemed utterly normal. It was very shocking.”

Bullet holes riddle a window in an apartment building in Fredericton on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in the residential area on the city’s north side. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

The rental company has been told it may be able to get into the building to do repairs as early as Monday afternoon.

But tenants at the apartment complex aren’t sure when they’ll be able to return home for good, Aguilar said.

As the shooting unfolded on Friday morning, the rental company had to call each tenant to tell them to lock their doors and stay away from the windows.

“A lot of the tenants are quite upset and traumatized at the moment,” Aguilar said.

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Alleged Fredericton shooter seemed 'utterly normal'

A man accused of shooting and killing four people outside his Fredericton apartment building seemed “utterly normal,” according to a woman who helped him fill out a rental application.

Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, always smiled and made friendly small talk when he paid his rent in person each month, said Judith Aguilar, an office manager at Sunfield Apartment Rentals. 

“It’s very surprising,” she said.

“He didn’t seem like a disturbed individual in any way.”

The company manages the four apartment buildings that make up 237 Brookside Drive, the location of Friday’s shooting. Raymond had been living in the complex’s C building for four months, Aguilar said.

Donnie Robichaud also lived in the apartment complex. The 42-year-old father and musician has been identified as one of the four victims of Friday’s shooting, along with his 32-year-old girlfriend Bobbie Lee Wright and two Fredericton police officers, Const. Robb Costello, 45, and 43-year-old Const. Sara Burns.

So far, police haven’t established a link between the alleged gunman and any of his victims.

Donnie Robichaud, 42, is being remembered for his generosity and kind heart. (Facebook)“That is a piece of information that we’re looking to establish,” Martin Gaudet, Fredericton’s deputy police chief, told reporters on Saturday.

Alleged shooter used long gun

Raymond didn’t raise any red flags with Aguilar.

She first met him when he filled out an application to live at the building. Aguilar believes he was living alone.

When he visited the rental company’s office, she said Raymond always wore sunglasses and his bike helmet. He cycled everywhere and told her his bike was expensive.

Police haven’t released many details about Raymond, saying only that he allegedly shot the victims from an elevated position using a long gun. He was not known to police.

“Everyone in the company that met him thought he was really pleasant,” Aguilar said.

“Sometimes you meet people and they can be aggressive or they can give you this weird vibe or something. He seemed utterly normal. It was very shocking.”

Bullet holes riddle a window in an apartment building in Fredericton on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Two city police officers were among four people who died in a shooting in the residential area on the city’s north side. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

The rental company has been told it may be able to get into the building to do repairs as early as Monday afternoon.

But tenants at the apartment complex aren’t sure when they’ll be able to return home for good, Aguilar said.

As the shooting unfolded on Friday morning, the rental company had to call each tenant to tell them to lock their doors and stay away from the windows.

“A lot of the tenants are quite upset and traumatized at the moment,” Aguilar said.

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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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