UPDATE 7-Two police officers among four fatally shot in Canada -authorities
(Neighborhood lockdown lifted)
By Anna Mehler Paperny
TORONTO, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Four people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in eastern Canada on Friday in the latest in a string of gun violence across the country that has led to calls for weapons bans in cities.
Police in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New Brunswick, said in a post on Twitter that the incident was under investigation and there were multiple fatalities.
Local media images showed emergency vehicles converging on a tree-lined residential street. Nearby facilities were closed and authorities imposed a lockdown for residents before issuing an all-clear message.
"It was scary," said Marlene Weaver, who was in bed on Friday morning when she heard shots ring out in her neighborhood. "It takes you back to the shooting in Moncton."
Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were assisting Fredericton authorities in the investigation.
New Brunswick had only three homicide shootings in 2016, according to Statistics Canada.
"Awful news coming out of Fredericton," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter. "My heart goes out to everyone affected by this morning’s shooting. We’re following the situation closely."
On July 22, a gunman walked down a busy Toronto street, killing two people and wounding 13 others before turning his weapon on himself.
Toronto, Canada's largest city, has had 241 shooting incidents this year, resulting in 30 deaths, a 30 percent increase in fatalities.
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. (Additional reporting by Danya Hajjaji and Allison Martell in Toronto and David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Jeffrey Benkoe)(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)