Canadian police charged a man with the death of two police officers and two civilians on Saturday. In a shooting that hit a nerve in a country that has been shaken by several mass violence fights in recent months.
Police in the eastern city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, said that Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, was arrested and charged with fourfold murder.
Horizon Health, responsible for New Brunswick's Department of Health, said Raymond was the only person treated for shooting-related injuries. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 27.
The victims were identified as police officers. Robb Costello, 45, Const. Sara Burns, 43, Donnie Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie-Lee Wright, 32.
Robichaud and Wright were in a relationship, according to Facebook and Robichaud's cousin Sean Callahan, who said they had just come together August.
Callahan told the Toronto Star that there could be "nothing bad about Robichaud".
"When I got a message yesterday and asked if Donnie was shot, I thought, 'Who the hell would want to shoot Donnie Robichaud?'" He said.
No motive was announced and the police said they were working to find a connection between the shooter and the couple.
The police said Costello and Burns responded to gunfire fired at an apartment complex and saw two deceased civilians before they were shot.
Costello's partner Jackie McLean told The Star that Costello "loved being a cop, and he lived because he was a cop."
She said he often wrote people cards, and was thanked by the people afterwards.
Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch said that Raymond used a long pistol and was in a raised position when he shot. Fitch said he was shot dead by the police and in a serious but stable condition.
Judith Aguilar, office manager at Sunfield Apartment Rentals, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Raymond was completely "normal." She told the Associated Press that he lived in the facility for about four months and an avid cyclist came to pay his rent in cash while wearing a cycling helmet.
"Sometimes you meet people and they can be aggressive or they can give you that weird mood or something, it just seemed normal, it was very shocking," she told CBC.
Once she said that maintenance workers had to work in his home and he did not want the workers there while he was away.
"He seemed worried, he said he had an expensive computer and an expensive bike," she said. "They did not even have to go all the way to the apartment, they have just repaired his door frame."
Residents Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 But the shooting came when Canada struggled with a string of violence, including an instance in Toronto last month where a man with a gun opened fire in a crowded part of the city, killing two people and wounding 13 before he died in the confrontation.