VIDEO: Three officers dead, two others injured in Moncton

P.E.I. Emergency Response Team on scene to assist

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Photo by Viktor Pivovarov of the Times Transcript.

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Jodi Cooke on twitter posted this photo of police cruiser with window shot out.

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An unmarked police vehicle sits on Mailhot Avenue with the window shot out and a blood stained skidmark on the pavement in Moncton, N.B. on Wednesday June 4, 2014. The RCMP says three of its officers were killed in Moncton, N.B., by a man armed with guns and two other officers were injured as the Mounties conducted a manhunt across the city's north end on Wednesday night for the shooter.

Photos by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Moncton Times & Transcript-Ron Ward

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Police officers take cover behind their vehicles in Moncton, N.B. on Wednesday June 3, 2014. The RCMP says three of its officers were killed in Moncton, N.B., by a man armed with guns and two other officers were injured as the Mounties conducted a manhunt across the city's north end on Wednesday night for the shooter.

Photos by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Moncton Times & Transcript-Ron Ward

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Police officers walk around a strip mall urging merchants to shutdown their stores in Moncton, N.B.on Wednesday June 4, 2014. The RCMP in New Brunswick says an undisclosed number of people have been shot and a manhunt is underway in the north end of Moncton for a man armed with guns

Photos by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison

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Employees of a grocery store lock down their store in Moncton, N.B.on Wednesday June 4, 2014. The RCMP in New Brunswick says an undisclosed number of people have been shot and a manhunt is underway in the north end of Moncton for a man armed with guns.

Photos by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison

Members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team from P.E.I. are now in Moncton to assist with a shooting rampage still in progress.

Residents in the north end of Moncton reported a gunman to police and shooting bagan just after 7 p.m.

New Brunswick RCMP issued a Tweet just before 11 p.m. Wed., June 4 to say that three officers are dead and two wounded at the hands of a lone gunman.

" - 3 officers mortally wounded by shooter. 2 officers sustained non-life threatning injuries. Shooter still actively sought," said the tweet.

Just after 11:30 RCMP issued a further Tweet saying the shooter is believed to still be in the Pinehurst subdivisiaon area around Moncton Coliseum.

"Stay inside, lock your doors, stay safe," said the Tweet. "Motorist stay away from area."

The Telegraph-Journal newsroom Tweeted that the suspect has long brown hair and is carrying two military-style rifles with magazines, a bow and a knife.

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" RCMP searching for 24-y-o Justin Bourque of Moncton. Considered armed and dangerous," said a Tweet issued by the force about 10:15 p.m.

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"We're advising people to stay inside until further notice," said Const. Damien Theriault with Codiac RCMP in Moncton.

Also in Moncton now is RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler, media relations officer for P.E.I., to help with the incident.

The Horizon Health Network, the province's largest health authority, said on its Twitter feed that two patients were taken to the Moncton Hospital with gunshot wounds.

"TMH is restricting visitors to those with critically ill family members. All others are asked to refrain from visiting at this time," the health board said in a subsequent tweet.

Ambulance New Brunswick that serves Monton said in a Tweet that it has not been involved in transporting any victims of this incident to hospital.

Theriault said the search for the suspect was concentrated in the area of Ryan Street and Hildegarde Road.

His voicemail later said that the RCMP are now searching for the suspect in the area of the Moncton Coliseum.

Photos on social media show a man in camouflage, reported on police radios as being a psychiatric incident, shot officers in the area of Hildegard Drive off Mountain Road.

Just before midnight, Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc issued the following bilingual statement:

"Above all, I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of the fallen officers, as well as to their colleagues. Their bravery and actions in the line of duty will forever be remembered.

I urge all residents to please pay strict attention to the RCMP warnings. The police and other emergency personnel are working under extremely difficult conditions and need our complete cooperation.

Stay home, stay safe. If you cannot get home, seek out a friend or family and remain there until you are advised otherwise.

This is a very trying evening in our community, please remain calm but vigilant. I am confident that the RCMP will soon restore peace and order.

MESSAGE DU MAIRE GEORGE LEBLANC : Et surtout, j'offre mes plus sincères condoléances aux familles des policiers décédés, ainsi qu'à leurs collègues. Leur courage, et leurs actions ce soir, resteront gravés dans nos mémoires.

Je demande à tous les résidants de respecter les avertissements de la GRC. La police et autres employés des mesures d'urgence travaillent dans des conditions extrêmement difficiles et ont besoin de notre entière collaboration.

Restez à la maison, et demeurez en sécurité. Si vous ne pouvez pas vous rendre chez vous, cherchez un ami, de la famille, et restez là jusqu'à avis contraire.

Il s'agit d'une soirée très éprouvante pour notre communauté; restez calmes mais vigilants. Je suis confiant que la GRC restaurera bientôt paix et ordre."