New Brunswick

Death of 30-year-old woman in Pointe-Sapin ruled a homicide

RCMP are investigating the death of a 30-year-old woman in Pointe-Sapin on Thursday morning as a homicide. Criminality is not suspected in the death of the second person, a 42-year-old man from Saint-Charles.

Criminality is not suspected in death of the second person, a 42-year-old man from Saint-Charles

Lisa Graves-Smith, 30, died in a shooting Thursday in Pointe-Sapin in eastern New Brunswick. (Facebook)

The New Brunswick RCMP's major crime unit is investigating the death of a 30-year-old woman from Saint-Louis-de-Kent as a homicide.

The woman is one of two people who died after shots were fired on Thursday morning at a business in Pointe-Sapin on the Northumberland Strait.

Police have not released her name, but family and co-workers identified her as Lisa Graves-Smith.

Her body was discovered inside DJ Marine, a boating supply and service shop in the community about 130 kilometres north of Moncton.

Criminality is not suspected in the death of the second person whose body was also found inside that building, according to RCMP spokesperson Const. Isabelle Beaulieu. He was a 42-year-old man from Saint-Charles.

Beaulieu said a firearm was found at the scene, but she wouldn't comment on what happened inside the business.

"We believe that it's an isolated incident and there's no risk for the general public," Beaulieu said in an interview.

"Autopsies are being conducted and the investigation into the deaths is ongoing."

Beaulieu also wouldn't comment on the relationship between the man and Graves-Smith, saying only that they were "known to each other."

Both the man and Graves-Smith worked at DJ Marine, according to co-workers.

Employees say man shot woman, then himself

The 42-year-old man was "known to police," but Beaulieu didn't explain how.

"I don't know at what level he was known but police were aware of him," she said.

"This is an ongoing investigation, so we are still in the process of gathering information and speaking with friends and family."

Graves-Smith and a 42-year-old man found dead at DJ Marine in Pointe-Sapin on Thursday knew each other, but RCMP would not discuss the nature of their relationship. (Shane Magee/CBC)

Police were dispatched to DJ Marine on Thursday after a 911 call came in around 7:30 a.m

Employees said a man entered the building and shot a woman before shooting himself.

An employee at the business told CBC News that he knew the man who died and he always said hello to him in the morning — including the morning before the shooting.

'She was a lovely person'

On Friday, Manon Garand, whose husband works at DJ Marine, remembered the kindness of Graves-Smith. She had helped work on Garand's mother's roof and was helpful to her family. 

"She was a lovely person," Garand said in an interview at her Saint-Louis-de-Kent home.

"She was there to listen to her, to help her."

Garand said her husband was working at DJ Marine on Thursday and heard what happened. She said he went inside the building where the shooting happened. 

"He is strong, but it's hard on the heart," she said, adding her husband awoke in the night with a flashback.

Saint-Louis-de-Kent, a community of about 850, is separated from Pointe-Sapin by Kouchibouguac National Park. The shooting has affected both communities.  

"It's sad for all the families, it's a tragedy," Garand said. "It's hard. It's affecting a lot of people."

A funeral service for the man is planned for Wednesday, according to Rev. Gilbert Levesque of Saint-Louis-des-Français Roman Catholic church.

Pointe-Sapin is 130 kilometres north of Moncton. (CBC)

Levesque said the community is in shock.

"The first thing that came to me when I heard the news is that we must not pass judgment," Levesque said in French.

"And then, I thought about the families, and then the children."

Levesque plans to talk about what happened in Pointe-Sapin at mass on Sunday.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled Lisa Graves-Smith's first name based on information available at the time.
    Mar 04, 2020 3:42 PM AT

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