One person was taken into custody and was being treated for “serious injuries related to … shooting”, police said on Friday. Fredericton is a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New Brunswick. Fredericton Police have now said there is no further threat to the public and “lockdowns are not required at this time”. Two of the fatally wounded were local police officers.
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” Awful news coming out of Fredericton. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting. We’re following the situation closely,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tweeted. The government reported 2465 violations involving firearms in 2016, a rise of 30 per cent from 2013. A proliferation of weapons has led to an increase in gun crimes in recent years. The Canadian Parliament is currently debating the new laws, where an applicant’s background would be checked entirely, rather than just five years. Gun retailers would also be required to keep records of their firearms inventory and sales for at least 20 years. On Thursday, Ontario pledged more money for police and to keep suspects behind bars while they await trial on gun crimes charges, as the Canadian province grapples with rising shootings involving domestically obtained weapons.