Two police officers dead in Canada shooting

A shooting in a small Canadian city early Friday left four people dead, including two police officers, under circumstances that were not yet explained but struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass violence.

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 initially cordon off a large section of the city with emergency vehicles and order residents to remain inside their homes and businesses.

Finally, after a tense period of waiting, authorities disclosed the toll: Among the four killed were two officers, a rare case of police killed in the line of duty in Canada. Their names were not released.

Police officers and paramedics survey the area of a shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on Friday, August 10 2018.
Police officers and paramedics survey the area of a shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on Friday, August 10 2018. Source: Associated Press

Authorities said one suspect was in custody and was being treated for serious injuries. The person's identity was not announced and no motive was disclosed. A news conference was planned for later Friday.

Several other victims were being treated at a regional hospital, but there were no immediate details on the nature of their injuries or their conditions.

"Our hearts are broken by the murder of our two brave police officers," Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien said in a tweet.

The entire province of New Brunswick had 11 homicides in 2016.

In Fredericton, a city of about 60,000 residents, people said they were stunned by the scene, which occurred as people were heading to work or dropping children at a day care center not far from the apartment complex where the shooting took place. "This is the first time I've even heard of any serious crime or violent crime in this city," said Travis Hrubeniuk, whose fiancee had just left their home when the sirens began.

Bill Henwood, a funeral director at York Funeral Home, whose business is located inside the cordoned off area on Brookside Drive, said people sat in their cars or were just standing near the blockade of police and fire vehicles "hanging tight and waiting for word" for news.

Police officers and RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) survey the area of a shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on Friday, August 10 2018.
Police officers and paramedics at the scene. Source: Associated Press

"It's not something that we expect in Fredericton to wake up and hear about," Henwood said. "To see that there's actually fatalities is pretty extraordinary for this area."

The shooting comes as Canada wrestles with a string of violence, including an instance in Toronto last month where a man with a handgun opened fire in a crowded part of the city, killing two people and wounding 13 before he either shot himself or was killed by police.

In April, a man who linked himself to a misogynistic online community used a van to run down pedestrians in a busy part of Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 14.

Authorities are still pursuing leads in an ongoing investigation of a serial killer who has been charged with killing eight men in the city in recent years.

In 2014, a shooting in Moncton, New Brunswick left three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers dead and two wounded.

Police officers survey the area of a shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on Friday, Aug.  10, 2018.  Fredericton police say two officers were among four people who died in a shooting Friday in a residential area on the city's north side. One person was in custody, they said, and there was no further threat to the public. (Keith Minchin/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Sydney man staggers onto street covered in blood and dies following brutal attack

Police are hunting two people after a man staggered onto a Sydney street covered in blood, collapsed and died.

Detectives say a firearm was discovered near the man's body in Forest Lodge on Friday afternoon but they haven't yet confirmed he was shot.

In a statement, police said they were awaiting the results of an post mortem examination to determine how the man died.

They said they couldn't rule in or out a gun or a samurai sword being used in the attack.

The victim - in his lates 20s or 30s - died following an "altercation" with another man and a woman, Acting Superintendent Sam Crisafulli told reporters.

Witnesses have told police they saw the victim bleeding profusely from the head as he staggered down nearby Ross Street.


Adorable baby rhino frolics and rolls about in first public appearance at English zoo

Baby rhino Malindi, born one week ago at Chester Zoo in the UK, was seen playing outside for the first time since his birth.

Malindi, born last week at Chester Zoo, is an Eastern black rhino, which are listed as critically endangered with only 650 believed to remain in the wild. Source: Associated Press

Malindi spent over an hour running and playing in the dirt and strolling with his mum before taking a nap.

The baby rhino was born on July 31 in front of onlookers at the zoo, unusual for rhinos who usually give birth in the night time,

The Eastern black rhino is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List and experts believe only some 650 remain in the wild.