A Corner Brook woman living in Moncton, New Brunswick says she was in the area where Wednesday evening's shooting took place just minutes before events began to unfold.
Kathy Elliot says her neighbourhood has been on lockdown since five RCMP officers were shot on Wednesday evening.
Three of the police officers were killed by a heavily armed gunman who police said waited to ambush the officers. Two others were wounded.
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Police in Moncton continued the manhunt for Justin Bourque, 24, who they say is 'armed and dangerous.'
"The police cars have been going up and down the street, sirens going for the last almost 20 hours and helicopters in the air … you'd think you were in a war zone, in a way," said Elliot.
Elliot said she was out shopping with her daughter shortly before the shooting reportedly occurred.
"It all happened so quickly … we were out shopping and drove down Hildegard Drive to my place about 7:15 p.m. … and by eight o'clock it was all on the news and I got a phone call to stay inside, lock your patio doors, close your blinds, so within like 15, 20 minutes of when we drove past that area, it all broke loose. It's so scary."
However, Elliot said what concerns her more is her daughter's family living just down the street.
"My daughter's house patio that faces her backyard butts up against a field and a wooded area — the area where he was hiding last night, so that's even more scarier for us as a family," she said.
"But I mean, it's a whole residential area — we're all very frightened. When you got someone who's cornered, and he knows he's cornered, you know he's very volatile and it adds another level of fear for us."
Shock ripples through police community
MHA Paul Davis, a former officer with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, said the news seemed unreal as it unfolded.
"It's nothing short of a significant tragedy that's unfolding in Moncton. When I learned of this yesterday evening, I can tell you I was shocked — absolutely shocked — of the circumstances, and continue to be as more details become available," said Davis.
"I have family who [is] a police officers in New Brunswick, I have a friend who is a police officer actually today working in Moncton."
Davis said the policing community across Canada is no doubt in mourning over the loss of three RCMP officers.
"I know that families of police officers, as well, are all affected by this throughout Canada. Police in Canada, they're very much a family amongst themselves, and I know that I'm sure right across the country police officers are affected by this."
Officers paid ultimate price
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Tom Marshall said in the House of Assembly on Thursday the officers killed in Moncton paid a deep price for their service to their community.
"Their loved ones look forward to welcoming them back home again at the end of the day, but three RCMP officers in Moncton did not get to go home to their families yesterday. They paid a price that no police officer should have to pay," he said.
"Two other police officers, wounded in the line of duty were rushed to the hospital, and yet today thousands of police officers across this province and across this country went out on their shifts again today, brave and unrelenting, because that is what they do."
Marshall said the province stands behind Moncton and New Brunswick as the situation continues.
"Let us make this pledge, to stand by our police officers, to respect and honour them for what they do, to honour their fallen comrades, and to remember their families who are heartbroken today. We, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, are grieving with you."
Fear in the community
Liberal leader Dwight Ball said this loss, as with every loss of uniformed service men and women, is a tragic one.
"It's unsettling to me today, for us and for the residents, to remember the residents of Moncton who feel unsafe in their own community. Our thoughts are with the community and everyone who is dealing with this heightened situation today in Moncton," said Ball.
"Of course, even in our province, we can relate to the tragedy of violent incidents. Last October, two young people were tragically killed in a shooting incident in Conception Bay South, and the sense of fear that accompanies such violence is devastating and can have long-lasting impacts. We must be grateful and be thankful for the safety of our province."
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Lorraine Michael, leader of the provincial New Democrats, said she was shocked when news of the situation on Moncton broke Wednesday evening.
"We want to send our sincere condolences to their families and colleagues who are suffering so much today, and to the residents of Moncton, as the manhunt continues. We send our thoughts and prayers that there are no more deaths and injuries — that they are safe," she said.
"This unbelievable situation is a heartbreaking reminder to us all that police officers put their lives on the line to protect us every day."
RNC shocked by events
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary postponed a scheduled Tweetalong event scheduled to move ahead Thursday evening, out of respect for the fallen officers in the Moncton RCMP.
RNC Police Chief Bill Janes issued a statement on Thursday, Janes said the policing community across the country was shocked at the events rolling out in New Brunswick.
"All members of the [RNC] would like to express their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family, friends, and fellow officers of the RCMP members that lost their lives in the line of duty in Moncton, N.B. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers in Moncton currently dealing with this ongoing situation," Janes said in a release.