MONCTON, New Brunswick, June 4 (UPI) -- Three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were shot dead and two others were injured Wednesday by a shooter who was still being actively sought by law enforcement.
The RCMP said it's still searching for Justin Bourque, 24, the man who allegedly shot at the five New Brunswick police officers in the Moncton area.
The shootings took place just before 8 p.m. EST in the north end of Moncton.
The New Brunswick RCMP Twitter account warned residents in the area to stay indoors. The department's latest tweet said it is believed Bourque was in the Pinehurst subdivision shortly after 10:30 p.m. EST.
A photo believed to be Bourque carrying firearms and wearing fatigues was also posted on the Twitter account.
Police consider Bourque to be "armed and dangerous."
"There is an active shooter in the Moncton area. We're asking residents to stay in their homes and lock their doors," said RCMP Constable Julie Rogers-Marsh.
Two people with gunshot wounds were transported to the Moncton Hospital, health authority spokeswoman Carolyn McCormack said, though it was unclear if those two people were among the police officers shot.