Halifax residents are finding ways to express their concern and grief for those in Moncton by signing books of condolences and turning on their porch lights.

RCMP Const. Tammy Lobb said the public has shown support in many ways at their Dartmouth headquarters.

porch light campaign

(Brit Mockler/ @bamcklr on Twitter)

"We've been receiving everything from emails from school children to Girl Guides stopping by with cookies and letters, and people dropping off refreshments and flowers," said Lobb.

As police continued their search for the suspect in Wednesday`s shooting, RCMP in Moncton asked people in the city to leave their porch lights on at night to aid them.

People in Moncton responded and so did people across Canada and beyond, leaving their lights on and tweeting photos of them to show their support.

Dartmouth resident Krista Lane turned on her porch light.

"Moncton still needs some light sent their way"
- Dartmouth resident Krista Lane

"I guess it's symbolic. They were asking everybody in Moncton to turn their lights on to help with the search, and to shed some lights for them so they could do their jobs."

Porch lights for Moncton

Lisa Shannon tweeted this photo of her front porch lit up in support of Moncton Wednesday evening.

The symbolic idea spread quickly through social media and Lane said she won't turn her porch light off just yet. 

"There's still a lot of grieving that has to happen, and there's a whole court process and that kind of thing. So I thought, I'm going to leave it on, because Moncton still needs some light sent their way." 

RCMP detachments in Tantallon, Lower Sackville and Cole Harbour also have books of condolences. Halifax Regional Police have one in the lobby of their Gottingen Street headquarters.

Condolences can also be posted on line.