Canada: Gunshots leave four dead, two police officers

A shooting in a small Canadian city early has left four people dead, including two police officers.

People in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick in the eastern part of the country, said they heard as many as 20 gunshots following a confrontation that prompted police to cordon off a large section of the city.

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Among the four killed were two officers. It was a rare case of police killed in the line of duty in Canada. Their names were not released.

“Our hearts are broken by the murder of our two brave police officers,” Fredericton mayor Mike O’Brien said in a tweet.

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Several other victims were being treated at a regional hospital.

Authorities said one suspect was in custody but the person’s identity was not released and no motive was disclosed.